ERIC Number: ED021607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Training for Library Technicians: A Survey of Experience to Date.
Martinson, John L.
Suggested by the shortage of personnel in biomedical libraries, this study was conducted to determine which institutions had established formal classroom training programs for library technicians. Information was obtained from 24 institutions through visits, correspondence, study of relevant documents, and interviews with administrators, teachers, students, graduates and employers. Each of the programs is examined separately, including discussion of background, student population, curriculum, reaction to program, libraries employing graduates and program faculty as well as reprints of journal articles describing the programs. It was found that most programs are offered in junior and community colleges and the majority are less than five years old. It is concluded that by standards of increase in enrollment, placement, and statements from employers and employees, these programs do appear to "work." Further research and development activity is recommended generally, while specific recommendations cover recruitment, instruct onal materials, teachertraining, operations research, job market, curriculum and evaluation. The recruitment, employment, and future direction of library technicians are examined separately, and a selected bibliography of 24 items is appended. (JB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Advancement of Medical Communication, Bethesda, MD.
Note: The conclusions and recommendations, the first nine pages of this study, also appear as ED 003 094.