Module summary

This Module aims to develop knowledge and understanding on human resource management /HRM theories, practices, tools and models; to give students the tools and knowledge how to efficiently manage the human capital of the organization; to give students analytical framework needed to understand strategic HRM approach in public organizations.

Module Aims

This module is designed for students to acquire knowledge and skills that will help them to understand the value, nature, current practice and research on human resource management the context of digital library.

The Module aims to enable students to consider

  1. Current practice and research on human resource management in the digital environment.

  2. The knowledge and skills required on the development of human resources in digital library.

  3. The main debates about the nature and direction of current trends in human resource management in the context of digital library.

  4. The skills required for study at master level.

  5. Their own development needs.

Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Knowledge and Understanding

    With successful completion of this module students will:

  1. a)Have depth and systematic knowledge and clear understanding of the nature and value, current practice and research on library human resource management in the digital environment.

  2. b)Have acquired knowledge and understanding on concepts of human resource management and their applications in digital environment.

  3. c)Be aware of the range of issues and international trends of library human resource management in digital environment.

  1. 2. Cognitive/Intellectual Skill

    With successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. a)Evaluate current research in the field of library human resource management.

  2. b)Debate the changing role of human resource management in context of digital library.

  3. c)Synthesize information, with critical awareness, in a manner that may be innovative, utilising knowledge from the forefront of the library human resource management practice and research.

  1. 3. Practical Skills

    With successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. a)Define the scope and content of human resource management in the context of digital library.

  2. b)Utilize a range of information retrieval, research and communication skills in individual and group work.

  1. 4. Key/transferable Skills

    With successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. a)Work effectively with a group as a leader or a member.

  2. b)Engage confidently in academic and professional communication and use communication skills effectively, especially those involved in presentation.

  3. c)Present different perspectives in current debates about the nature and direction of current trends.

  1. 5. Intercultural Competencies

    With successful completion of this module students will be able to:


  1. a)Have language and cultural skills based on communication with peer students.

  2. b)Demonstrate intercultural sensitivity.

  3. c)Work effectively in an international setting.

Content of the Module and Activities

This module consists of 15 units and comprises approximately 400 hours of study.

    

Human Resource Management

To acquire a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of informationand knowledge management, we recommend additional suggested readings (from the “Useful Links” section on the Bookshelf of the Learning Management System IVA) within each topic.

The module contains collaborative assignments and a individual project. You will find Assignments within the Folder “Assignments” on the Bookshelf of the Learning Management System IVA within each topic.

Students spend approximately ten weeks working with personal project. You will find the Guidelines and prospective Topics for the Individual project within the Folder “Study Guide” on the Bookshelf of the Learning Management System IVA.

Time Needed for Studying 

This module comprises approximately 400 hours of study. The Human Resource Management module will be carried out between week 6 – week 24 taking approximately 20-25 hours per week of your time. The exact time taken may be more or less 20-25 hours, depending on your previous knowledge and skills in this topic.

Remember to mark the hours for your weekly studying into your calendar – otherwise it may easily happen that you and your thoughts remain absent from the learning community. According to our experience on online learning you risk your studies if you don’t plan your studying time in a very specific way.

The assignments of the Human Resource Management module include different kinds of activities that you accomplish both individually and collaboratively.

You will find Activities within the Folder “Assignments” on the Bookshelf of the Learning Management System IVA within each topic. You are expected to take part in all the work according to the Module schedule. If you have personal problems meeting the deadlines, you must contact your teacher as soon as possible to organize an extension.

Teaching and Learning Methods 

The Human Resource Management Module makes use of a range of different learning materials and resources and different ways of learning. The module is based on a constructivist approach to learning, which means that you as a learner are responsible for constructing your own meaning and interpretations. The constructivist method also means that it is up to you how much you learn on this course.

You will learn by interacting with the course materials on the online learning environment and required reading materials. The background knowledge gained through the required readings is crucial. We expect you having read the assigned readings due to the deadlines. Our discussions will build upon that knowledge.

An important part of the course is the discussions you will have with your fellow students and the communications with your tutors. We will use small group work to complete a variety of subject related exercises involving skills required for higher education studies. Guided independent study and individual module project will involve the use of websites, journals and textbooks.

    You have many opportunities to:

  • Discuss concepts, theories, principles and models.
  • Reflect on your own experiences.
  • Assess the relevance of other people’s experience to your own contexts.
  • Contribute constructively to group discussions.
  • Support and challenge course members to share their experiences/ideas, and
  • Assess your own learning outcomes, both expected and unexpected.

    You will be working in an international group. In your interactions with others the agreed language of communication is English. This has to be so in order that the whole Module community can benefit from the collective work. However, whatever are your personal abilities in English, do not be dissuaded from expressing your ideas to others on this course.

Assignments

    The module contains:

  • individual and group weekly assignments. You will find them within the Folder “Assignments” on the Bookshelf of the Learning Management System IVA within relevant topic. 
  • collaborative group projects. You will find the Guidelines for them within the Folder “Study Guide” on the Bookshelf of the Learning Management System IVA.
  • individual module project. You will find the Guidelines and Topics for the Individual module project within the Folder “Study Guide” on the Bookshelf of the Learning Management System IVA.

    Assignment 1: Collaborative Group Assignment on Entrepreneurship Issues

    Assignment 2: Collaborative Group Assignment on Leadership Issues

    Assignment 3: Individual Module Project/essay

Assessment

Assessment of learning is part of the learning process and an essential factor that guides learning. Instead of final assessment, assessment of the Human Resource Management Module performance is based on continuous assessment of the learning process.

The final grade in module HRM consists of: 

  • A production of an individual module project / The result of the individual project work is an essay/ (40%); 
  • A production of group assignments – 2 assignments during module/ 20% each – (40%);
  • A contribution to the discussion and group works – weekly discussions in class, contribution to the discussion in small groups in class (10%)
  • A production of an individual project presentation – presentation of essay, presentation of review on fellow-student essay (10%).

At the end of the Module you will be asked to give feedback and evaluate the Module. The evaluation will give us the necessary feedback to improve the Module.

To gain accreditation you have to make sure that you have accomplished all the assignments and each of the activities demanded on time. Since you are taking part in a second version of the delivery of this Module you will be asked to give feedback and evaluate the Module. The evaluation will give us the necessary feedback to improve the Module.

Required Readings*

  • Cohn, J., Kelsey, A. Staffing the Modern Library: A How-to-do-it Manual. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2005.
  • Human resource management in today’s academic library: meeting challenges and creating opportunities. Ed by J. Simmons-Welburn, B. McNeil. Westport: Libraries Unlimited, 2004.
  • McKinlay, J., Williamson, V. The ART of People Management in Libraries. Oxford: Chandos, 2010.
  • Stanley, M. Managing library employees: a how-to-do-it manual. 2nd ed. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2008.

Recommended Readings* 

  • Allan, B. Supervising and Leading Teams in ILS. London: Facet, 2007
  • Dressler, G. A Framework for Human Resource Management. 4th ed. Prentice Hall, 2005.
  • Massey, K. Managing change and people in libraries. Oxford: Chandos, 2008.
  • Oldroyd, M. Developing academic library staff for future success. 2nd ed. London: Facet, 2004
  • Pantry, S. Managing stress and conflict in libraries. 3rd ed. London: Facet, 2007

* You will find these books in collection of Academic Library of Tallinn University and chapters needed for specific module units in IVA.