ERIC Number: ED186048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
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Continuing Education for Southeastern Community College Librarians.
Fallon, Marcia J.
In an effort to provide information for the development and implementation of continuing education programs for community college librarians, a survey was conducted in February 1979 to determine: (1) the educational backgrounds of community college librarians in the southeastern United States, (2) their work experiences, (3) their continuing education needs, (4) the perceptions of community college library directors with regard to the continuing education needs of their librarians, and (5) the formats, subjects, and types of activities that would meet these needs. A total of 262 librarians and 116 library directors were surveyed using two field-tested questionnaires. Major findings, based on responses from 228 librarians and 102 library directors, indicated that 85% of the librarians held a Master of Library Science degree and that 60% possessed less than 11 years of library experience. Librarians and directors agreed on 36 of the 38 questions related to continuing education needs. Two- or three-day workshops held within a 100-mile radius of their community college were their first choice for continuing education activities. Librarians and directors expected library associations or local universities to sponsor continuing education activities. The survey report provides a review of the literature dealing with continuing education for community college librarians and provides four models for workshops and courses. A bibliography is included. (JP)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College Libraries, Community Colleges, Courses, Degrees (Academic), Educational Background, Educational Needs, Higher Education, Librarians, Library Directors, Library Education, Literature Reviews, Needs Assessment, Professional Continuing Education, Program Development, Questionnaires, Scheduling, Surveys, Teaching Methods, Work Experience, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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