ERIC Number: ED104419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Library Technical Assistant in Illinois.
Bloom, Janet; And Others
Seeking a better understanding of the position of the Library Technical Assistant (LTA) in the library world, this study presents an overview of the LTA in Illinois, exploring problems related to their training and employment and providing a general description of the LTA. The first phase of this examination consists of an identification of the existing junior college and college programs in Illinois for LTA training and a description of these programs, covering such areas as curriculum, class scheduling, and composition of faculty. These programs are compared to each other and to standards recommended by the American Library Association (ALA). Phase two of the study, based on questionnaire responses, describes the LTA as a student and then as a library employee, including such factors as age, sex, experience education, and reasons for entering the program. Recommendations arising from the study include more formalized training programs in line with ALA standards, more formal delineation of job duties in job descriptions, and a better understanding on the part of library administrators of the proper realm of duties of the LTA. (Author/SL)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Educational Programs, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Patterns, Individual Characteristics, Internship Programs, Job Analysis, Job Training, Library Education, Library Technicians, Occupational Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, State Surveys, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Library, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Library Research Center.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois