ERIC Number: ED254232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of BYU Library School Research Courses and Their Applications.
Staples, Gayla Marie
This document reports the design, methodology, and results of a study that examined the usefulness of Brigham Young University's (BYU) library school research courses. A questionnaire requesting opinions about the courses and how the skills learned in these courses were used on the job and in professional activities was mailed to a random sample of 230 1969-1980 BYU library school graduates. Of particular interest were professional reading, publishing, workshop/seminar presentations, participation in professional organizations, and research projects. It was found that the majority of the 112 respondents did not participate in formal research projects but most did use research skills in activities such as informal data gathering for problem solving. Respondents were generally more positive than negative in their opinions about the courses and their usefulness, but important objections led to the conclusion that although research courses are important in library school, the time allotted for the actual project and the preparation for projects requiring statistical skills needed to be increased. Some suggestions for alteration of the courses included requiring a short publishable article instead of the traditional thesis length paper and offering an expanded statistics course in addition to the limited introduction to statistics skills currently offered. (Author/THC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Brigham Young University UT
Note: Student Research Paper, School of Library and Information Sciences, Brigham Young University.