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Public Library Directors’ Lived Experiences During Organizational Change: A Phenomenological Study
by Rencher, Natalie Rae, D.M., University of Phoenix, 2020, 191; 28153370
Abstract (Summary)

Public library directors are the executive leadership of the public library organization. As leaders, public library directors continue to face the changing needs of the diverse communities with limited resources. Understanding the public library directors’ experiences on organizational change is an interest explored. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study described the essences, and the meanings of the lived experiences of 11 California public library directors during organizational change. Eleven public library directors recounted individual experiences dealing with change in their organizations. The data analysis took a transcendental approach using the Moustakas’ modified data analysis method. The reflection of experiences shared by the 11 public library directors supported the research question and the two sub-questions. The study resulted in finding eight emerging themes coded by the verbatim statements from the public library directors. Themes that emerged during data analysis included the experience as a library director, feelings of fulfillment during change, leadership style during organizational change, feelings leading change, mindset needed during organizational change, opportunities during organizational change, challenges during organizational change, and sustaining organizational vision. The lived experiences described by the public library directors provided library stakeholders with future recommendations to address organizational challenges and leading change during organizational change.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Novello, Janice M.
Commitee: Roy, Loriene, Williams, Roxanne M.
School: University of Phoenix
Department: School of Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 82/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Library science, Organizational behavior, Business administration, Educational leadership
Keywords: Leadership, Organizational change, Organizational interventions, Public library directors, Strategic leadership, Transformational leadership
Publication Number: 28153370
ISBN: 9798691233012
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