ERIC Number: ED024422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jul
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of Personality Characteristics Among Library Students at One Midwestern University.
Although libraries are considered cricial to education, academic librarianship appears to rank as low-level administrative work. Paradoxically, many librarians were formerly teachers or workers in a quasi-intellectual field carrying more pay and prestige. This is possibly because many who are dissatisfied in such fields wish to remain in an academic milieu without its attendant problems. A small literature shows that some teachers leaving the field because of conflict situations have personality traits in common with practicing librarians. This investigation of library students who hope to become academic librarians used the California Psychological Inventory (CPI) and found that they had smaller mean scores than a composite of 14 other occupations on all but the Femininity Scale. The twenty percent who were dissatisfied with former work scored significantly lower than satisfied students on seven of the scales. Significant correlation was found between those who were satisfied with former work and those with high expectations for library work, and these students scored higher on eleven scales. The students were also found to have a mean Social Maturity score no higher than that of unselected samples, and 26 per cent had CPI profiles that were indicative of personality difficulties. A 48-item bibliography is appended. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Brockport. Coll. at Brockport.
Identifiers: California Psychological Inventory