ERIC Number: ED152311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan-31
Reference Count: 0
A Preliminary Analysis of Some Factors Affecting Administration in 352 Academic Libraries During the Period of 1971-1975.
Allison, Anne Marie
Three thousand questionnaires were distributed by the Committee on Comparative Library Organization to identify and quantify some of the factors affecting the governance of academic libraries and to measure organizational changes within the libraries between 1971 and 1975. The questionnaire was specifically designed to measure the change in decision making bodies above and below the chief academic librarian, faculty status, unionization, and tenure. Of the approximately 1,000 questionnaires returned, 352 in the category "four year institutions with graduate programs," but not members of the Association of Research Libraries, were selected for analysis. Listings, tabulations, and analysis of the questionnaire data were made using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) Computer Program. Major findings include: (1) professional staff of 52 percent of the libraries were organized as a library faculty or in a similar manner; (2) librarians had tenure at 54 percent of the responding libraries; (3) 15.1 percent of the respondents indicated their library staffs were unionized; and (4) 4.5 percent acknowledged a change in the reporting line above the chief librarian, although only 1.2 percent reported a change in the final supervisory body or office to which the librarian reported. The questionnaire and tabular data for selected items are appended. (Author/JPF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Library Association, Chicago, IL. Library Administration Div.
Note: Limited reproducibility due to quality of original copy