ERIC Number: ED071705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jan-12
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Standards for Medical Library Technicians, Medical Library Association.
Medical Library Association, Chicago, IL.
A medical library technician is a semiprofessional library employee whose duties require knowledge and skill based on a minimum of two years' general college education that includes library instruction beyond the clerical level. The medical library technician must have a practical knowledge of library functions and services, an understanding of medical terminology and the ability to apply standard library tools, methods and procedures to effect good medical library service. The technician's duties in a medical library include activities in acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, data processing, multimedia, preparation and maintenance of library materials, publicity, reference, shelving and filing, and various miscellaneous tasks. Training for medical library technicians should be a full-time course of study, equivalent to two academic years. The community or junior college with its orientation to technical and vocational education is the most appropriate educational institution to offer such training. For an effective program, a junior college should have an advisory committee, its own full-time director and instructional staff, facilities which meet American Library Association standards, and a curriculum covering a general education, library technology and medical specialization. (Author/SJ)
Descriptors: Library Education, Library Standards, Library Technicians, Medical Libraries, Paraprofessional Personnel
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Authoring Institution: Medical Library Association, Chicago, IL.