Vol. 5 No. 1 (2020)
Articles

Personal goal setting behavior and professional outlooks of academic library employees

Leo S. Lo
Penn State University
Amelia M. Anderson
Old Dominion University
Published December 19, 2020
How to Cite
Lo, L., & Anderson, A. (2020). Personal goal setting behavior and professional outlooks of academic library employees. Journal of New Librarianship, 5(1), 204-236. https://doi.org/10.33011/newlibs/9/21

Abstract

Studies indicate correlations between personal goal-setting behaviors, performance and attitude in professional roles. An online study was developed and conducted in 2016 with academic library employees to better understand the goal-setting behavior of library employees in a particular context, via setting New Year’s resolutions, which is defined as "a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner". Results show that nearly half (49.6 percent) of all respondents set New Year’s resolutions in 2016. Goals related to health and fitness topped the list of goals that were set, followed by occupational goals. Of those who felt unclear about their purpose in life, 57 percent felt they were somewhat to very likely able to accomplish their top goals. Comparatively, 82 percent of those who had a clear sense of purpose in life felt the same.