Generations at work: What we can learn from each other

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This chapter examines the characteristics of three generations working in academic libraries: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. Stereotypes of each generation from the popular press are compared with research-based findings. Focus groups of librarians from each generation are asked about their vision of 21st-century academic libraries and what their role will be in making that vision a reality. Focus group results are discussed and compared with generational stereotypes. Management implications for working with each generation are reviewed, along with suggestions for succession planning. © 2013 Woodhead Publishing Limited All rights reserved.

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