ERIC Number: ED021606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jul
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Certain Professional Library Occupations in Relation to Formal Educational Objectives. Final Report.
Hall, Anna C.
Two main purposes of this study were (1) to determine knowledges and abilities needed to perform professional activities in large public libraries and (2) to determine th degree to which existing library education develops those knowledges and abilities. Using data collected from librarians in thirteen large public libraries and faculty in twelve library schools, a taxonomy of educational objectives for the preparation of public service personnel was compiled. Curricular content from participating library schools was also analyzed and compared to the desirable educational objectives. In addition to needed factual knowledges, desirable areas of higher intellectual achievement were identified, including comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Findings indicated that (1) librarians placed high priority on complex skills and abilities, (2) needed subject matter, related but not unique to librarianship, was not included in some library school curricula, (3) most factual knowledges regarding librarianship were adequately taught, and (4) the development of higher intellectual skills and abilities, above factual knowledge, was relatively neglected in the courses required for all students in the Master's Degree Program. Appendixes include a list of the participating libraries and library schools, a description of the methodology for recording data, and a 270-item bibliography (Author/JB)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA.