ERIC Number: ED095912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Albany Librarianship Trainee Program of the School of Library and Information Science of the State University of New York at Albany.
Wert, Lucille M.
In the summer of 1970, the School of Library and Information Science at the State University of New York at Albany (SUNYA) initiated an integrated 3-year undergraduate and graduate program leading to a bachelors degree in an area of the student's choice and a Masters of Library Science (MLS). Twenty-one junior year students, (nine Black or Spanish American and all economically deprived) were recruited. A random sample of 20 students in the regular MLS program were selected as a control group and compared to the trainees in background and attitudes on their graduate library education. During their junior and senior years, the trainees took some library science courses, attended lectures and tours, and participated in two projects: a reorganization of the Albany county jail library and a paid summer internship. In interviews, trainees stated that their undergraduate exposure to librarianship had assisted them in making career decisions. They felt that their 3-year program was outstanding. The SUNYA program had a lower dropout rate than similar programs to date. Only one of the program's objectives was not fully met--to encourage trainees to take undergraduate programs in fields rare to graduate library students. Only four trainees chose unusual undergraduate programs. (SL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: State Univ. of New York, Albany. School of Library Science.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Library Research Center.