Building staff morale and creating a positive workplace

Eric Jennings and Kathryn Tvaruzka


Libraries often have arbitrary divisions among staff members – librarians vs. paraprofessionals, technical services vs. public services, staff vs. students, and so on. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Mclntyre Library has broken down many of these divisions through a variety of internal and external activities; some officially work-related and others just for fun and recreation. Through these team-based activities staff relationships and morale have improved. This chapter will showcase some of the activities and projects carried out at Mclntyre Library and discuss the positive outcomes these have had on library employees.

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