Women technology librarians as good citizens

Sharon Whitfield, Ane Turner Johnson

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Purpose: This practitioner-focused study explores the issues of organizational justice for women technology librarians who experience the gendered-nature of organizational citizenship behavior (OCB). Design/methodology/approach: This study uses interviews (qualitative) to collect data from women technology librarians who work in an academic library within the United States. Research limitations/implications: The generalizability of the findings is due to the sample consisting of only academic librarians within the United States. The methodology also has limitations since interviews are not a perfect methodology and rely on self-reported descriptions and experiences; thus, may be susceptible to perceptional biases. The findings from the research also rely only on the gender variable while ignoring other variables that affect an individual's experiences. Practical implications: Organizations need to reevaluate perceptions of women's OCB and the structural barriers they encounter. Originality/value: This study contributes to the literature on gender and organizational citizenship behavior and gender and librarianship. Yet, in this first study that looks at gender, organizational citizenship behavior in librarianship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102058
JournalJournal of Academic Librarianship
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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