ERIC Number: ED072836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Personnel for Research Libraries; Qualifications, Responsibilities and Use. Final Report.
Clark, Philip M.
The project was conceived to examine the current manpower situation in research libraries and to develop a methodological model for projecting future personnel needs. Eight academic research libraries were selected for investigation and three instruments developed to gather data toward these ends. A personal interview format was used to interview top administrative officials at each library; a questionnaire was mailed to all other professional library staff members; and a questionnaire was mailed to a sample of faculty users of the library at each institution. Top administrators foresaw decentralization of academic libraries, increased automation and involvement in networks, greater demand for public services, and changing relationships between the library and the faculty and administration. In response to these and financial pressures they predicted needs for subject specialists, systems specialists, management expertise (in old and new personnel), and greater use of nonprofessionals. Faculty users were asked to describe their use patterns and evaluate their library systems. Professional library staff members were questioned as to their backgrounds, work relationships, attitudes toward their jobs, and perceptions of future trends in research libraries. Based on the data collected a predictive model is proposed and discussed in terms of existing organizational models of the academic library. (Author)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Information Technology and Dissemination.
Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. Bureau of Library and Information Science Research.
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