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ERIC Number: ED003287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
Pages: 242
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USE OF BASIC REFERENCE SOURCES IN LIBRARIES.
BONK, WALLACE J.
THIS STUDY WAS CONCERNED WITH THE PROBLEM OF DEFINING THE CONTENT OF THE CURRICULUM FOR MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS IN LIBRARY SCIENCE. THE SPECIFIC AREA EXPLORED BASIC OR INTRODUCTORY REFERENCE. THE STUDY WAS DESIGNED TO (1) OBTAIN THE JUDGMENTS OF PRACTICING REFERENCE LIBRARIANS RELATIVE TO THE USEFULNESS OF A SELECTED LIST OF BASIC REFERENCE SOURCES, (2) AID TEACHERS OF REFERENCE IN EVALUATING THE CONTENT OF THEIR BASIC REFERENCE COURSES, AND (3) PROVIDE FURTHER POSSIBLE AID IN THE EVALUATION OF REFERENCE COLLECTIONS AND IN THE SELECTION OF ADDITIONAL TITLES. THREE TABULATIONS WERE MADE FROM DATA GATHERED BY QUESTIONNAIRES--(1) RESPONSES FOR EACH ITEM BY TYPE AND SIZE OF LIBRARY, (2) TITLES ADDED TO THE LIST BY THE RESPONDENTS, AND (3) TITLES NOT HELD BY RESPONDING LIBRARIANS. LISTS OF VITAL REFERENCE SOURCES (THOSE REFERRED TO CONSTANTLY AS REPORTED BY RESPONDENTS) FURNISH THE BASIS FOR CURRICULUM CONTENT . THE INVESTIGATOR CONCLUDED THAT THE SPREAD OF TITLES FOUND USEFUL VARIES WIDELY FROM THE LARGE TO THE SMALL INSTITUTIONS. THIS SUGGESTS THAT THE BASIC REFERENCE COURSE WHICH AIMS TO PREPARE BOTH FOR LARGE UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC LIBRARY REFERENCE WORK AND FOR SMALL PUBLIC AND SCHOOL LIBRARIES MUST AIM AT THE LARGEST AREA OF AGREEMENT UPON REFERENCE TITLES, NOT THE AREA OF LEAST AGREEMENT. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE MINIMUM LIST OF TITLES TAUGHT IN BASIC REFERENCE COURSES SHOULD INCLUDE THE TITLES RATED VITAL BY HALF OR MORE OF THE REFERENCE LIBRARIANS OF PH.D. INSTITUTIONS SERVING ENROLLMENTS OF 20,000 OR MORE. (WB)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor.
Identifiers: MICHIGAN; Michigan (Ann Arbor)