Journal of Library Administration
While there is a fairly extensive literature on core competencies of librarians, there is a paucity of research on personality traits that distinguish them from those in other occupations. The present study compared the personality traits of 88 librarians with a general norm group using the 16 PF, a widely researched normal-personality inventory. We found that librarians are more apprehensive, cautious, flexible, focused, imaginative, open-minded, respectful, self-reliant, serious, tender-minded, and trusting as well as higher on general reasoning skills than those in the norm group. Findings are discussed in terms of consistency with core competences of librarians. Practical implications were noted, including recruitment and coaching of job incumbents.
Jeanine M. Williamson & John W. Lounsbury (2016) Distinctive 16 PF Personality Traits of Librarians, Journal of Library Administration, 56:2, 124-143, DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2015.1105045