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At home in the world: International library staff exchange program highlights
University of Colorado Denver, USA.
University of New Mexico, USA.
Linnaeus University, The University Library.
University of Colorado Denver, USA.
2015 (English)In: IFLA Journal, ISSN 0340-0352, E-ISSN 1745-2651, Vol. 41, no 4, p. 326-335Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Since 2011, the academic libraries at Linnaeus University, Sweden and University of Colorado Denver, USA have collaboratively created a programmatic approach for staff exchanges and associated projects. This initiative occurred within the larger framework of university internationalization goals and cultural competency requirements. In addition, both libraries were experiencing significant workplace changes, including newly designed facilities, programs, and services, which required that staff members learn to see their organizations and understand their roles in new ways. As the exchange program evolved, formal comparison studies complemented informal exchange observations about similarities and differences between the two library organizations. Resulting insights altered traditional worldviews and professional assumptions of both host and exchange participants. In addition, cultural competencies were further exercised through collaborative projects that benefit the increasingly diverse faculty and student constituencies at both home institutions. Concluding reflections suggest considerations for organizations considering international exchanges for staff members “at home in the world.”

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2015. Vol. 41, no 4, p. 326-335
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Academic libraries, cultural competency, internationalization, organizational culture, organizational development, staff exchange
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Information Studies
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Humanities, Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-55331DOI: 10.1177/0340035215596348Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84948653245OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-55331DiVA, id: diva2:951965
Available from: 2016-08-11 Created: 2016-08-10 Last updated: 2017-11-28Bibliographically approved

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