ERIC Number: ED390395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Non-Librarian Professionals. SPEC Kit 212 and Flyer 212.
Zenelis, John G., Comp.; Dorrian, Jean M., Comp.
This document focuses on libraries seeking and hiring professionals without the traditional Masters of Library Science (M.L.S.) degree but with specialized training and education in other areas. A survey was conducted in 1994, and 95 (80%) of the 119 ARL members responded. The SPEC flyer is a two-page summary of the survey and its followup examining the extent to which ARL libraries hire applicants with no M.L.S. degrees into professional positions and in what areas of specialization. The SPEC Kit contains survey results, including data on what actually constitutes a professional library position, what might be considered acceptable substitute credentials and experience for such positions in lieu of an M.L.S., and percentages of job searches filled at each university by non-M.L.S. applicants. It also provides position descriptions for those departments or specializations in which non-M.L.S. professionals are sometimes hired: (1) archives; (2) business operations; (3) human resources; (4) preservation; (5) reference/information services; (6) special collections; (7) systems; (8) technical services; and (9) other, especially public relations and development. A selected reading list contains 23 sources. (BEW)
Descriptors: Credentials, Data Analysis, Degrees (Academic), Employment Qualifications, Higher Education, Library Personnel, Library Surveys, Masters Degrees, Occupational Information, Occupational Surveys, Personnel Selection, Professional Education, Professional Personnel, Research Libraries
Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Services, 21 Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Services.
Identifiers: Association of Research Libraries
Note: Initial survey construction and tabulation performed by Bradley D. Westbrook.