Helping Organizations Better Plan and Manage Short-Term Staffing Arrangements

Michael “Mike” A. Crumpton, MLIS, SHRM-SCP, Assistant Dean for Administrative Services for University Libraries and Associate Professor at UNC Greensboro, has co-edited a book with Nora J. Bird titled, "Short-Term Staff, Long-Term Benefits: Making the Most of Interns, Volunteers, Student Workers, and Temporary Staff in Libraries."

Too often, the time and effort required to train, manage or integrate short-term staff seems to be more work than benefit. But it doesn't have to be that way. This book offers a novel, more efficient and mutually beneficial approach to attracting, training and working with short-term staff in ways that benefit all involved, including the organization, the short-term staff and library personnel in general.

The book features chapters from Crumpton and other University Libraries’ faculty, including Digital Project Coordinator and Associate Professor David Gwynn, MLIS, Outreach and Instruction Archivist and Assistant Professor Kathelene McCarty Smith, MLIS, MA and Assistant Dean for Special Collections and University Archives and Associate Professor Keith Phelan Gorman, PhD, MLIS, MA.

Crumpton holds a MLS from the University of Kentucky and a graduate certificate in adult teaching from North Carolina State University.  He oversees the administration of budgets, human resources and facilities and is an affiliated faculty member in the department of Library and Information Studies in UNCG’s School of Education. Crumpton currently serves as the President of the North Carolina Library Association.

Gwynn holds a master’s degree in library and information studies from UNCG. He has served as principal investigator and project manager on digital initiatives funded through grants from the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA), the Institute of Library and Museum Services (ILMS) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). He currently serves as chair of the Triad (North Carolina) Digital History Group.

Smith holds a master’s degree in art history from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in library and information studies from UNCG. She primarily works with university faculty and community partners in the creation of instructional sessions and programming. In addition, she oversees the department’s volunteer program, reference services and its historic photograph collection.

Gorman holds an MA in library and information science from Simmons College, as well as a MA and PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Throughout his career, Gorman has worked at several private, academic and federal repositories and museums.