Jonathan A. Franklin, Why Let Them Go? Retaining Experienced Librarians by Creating Challenging Internal Career Paths: Introducing the `Executive Librarian'?, 88 Law Libr. J. 352 (1996), https://digitalcommons.law.uw.edu/librarians-articles/4
Law Library Journal
career development, job satisfaction
In a traditional hierarchical library, librarians often must leave the institution to move up the career ladder The library loses an experienced librarian and must also invest a substantial amount of time and money to train a new employee.
The author argues that libraries should attempt to retain experienced librarians by creating continuously challenging career paths with equivalent rewards. He proposes a new type of position—that of executive librarian—that would include increasingly individualized job content, a voice in institutional decision making, and optional administrative responsibilities.