ERIC Number: ED390405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
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The Art Library Job Market, 1990-1994: An Analysis of Position Announcements.
The purpose of this study was to analyze professional art librarian position announcements. Using the methodology of content analysis, 157 position announcements appearing in 4 major journals, "American Libraries,""Library Journal,""College and Research Libraries News," and "ARLIS/NA Update" from 1990 through 1994 were reviewed. The best source for searching for art library positions was found to be ARLIS/NA Update, which contained more than half of the total advertisements. Geographically, jobs are most likely to be located in the Middle Atlantic or the South Atlantic regions of the United States. An MLS degree, usually specified as being from an ALA accredited institution, generally is required no matter what type of art library position is offered and most positions also require graduate or undergraduate degrees in some field of art. Most art libraries did not require applicants to have skills with specific automated systems; however, practically all position descriptions required or preferred some years of previous work experience. Other skills and competencies of applicants of a more personal or attitudinal nature were listed in over half of the position descriptions. Two additional characteristics of the position announcements were revealed: the position titles in the advertisements do not always reflect the responsibilities assigned to the positions and the responsibilities advertised were not necessarily in the experiences they required. An appendix provides the coding outline for categorizing variables from position announcements. Fifteen tables provide further information. (Contains 28 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers: Art Libraries; Job Announcements; Library Literature
Note: Masters Research Paper, Kent State University.