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ERIC Number: ED071653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 21
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A Review of Curriculum Development for Library Technicians in Junior Colleges.
Spyers-Duran, Peter
The Library Technician Program of community colleges has been endorsed by the American Library Association (ALA). The ALA's definition of a library Technical Assistant is "a person with certain specifically library-related skills--in preliminary bibliographic searching, for example, or utilization of certain mechanical equipment--the performance of whose duties seldom requires him to call upon a background in general education." The US GS 1411 has influenced the development of the library para-professional movement to a large degree. The Library Education Division of the ALA established the distribution of courses to be taken by technical assistant students in three areas: (1) general education courses; (2) library technical specialty courses; and (3) courses related library technical skills. Louis Shores in "Library Technician: A Professional Opportunity" allocates 64 semester hours as follows: 40 hours general education, 12 hours library education (Library Use, Library Organization, Technical Processes, Public Service Operations, Graphics, and Business Methods), and 12 hours for electives. A check of some 40 California public junior colleges' catalogs showed that the most common courses were library fundamentals, public service, technical processes, and reference work. It is felt that junior colleges should respond to the changing needs for education of prospective and practicing para-professionals. (DB)
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