ERIC Number: ED190166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-May
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Library Media Technical Assistant Education in the Southwestern and Western United States: A Survey.
Phillips, Rebecca R.
A survey of 89 two- and four-year colleges in the Western and Southwestern United States was conducted to provide an overview of Library Media Technical Assistant (LMTA) education programs in those sections of the country. Each of the target institutions was identified by the Guidance Information System or the "Ferguson Guide to Two-Year College Programs for Technicians and Specialists" as having LMTA programs. Respondents were asked to indicate the terminal or non-terminal status of their programs and to provide information concerning articulation, curriculum content, job placement, the type of libraries hiring their graduates, and the demographic make-up of their students. Major findings, based on a 68% response rate, indicate that none of the four-year colleges and only 40% of the two-year colleges still offer LMTA curricula. The vast majority (92%) of the students enrolled in these programs were women, and the average faculty/student ratio was 1 to 27. Most (90%) of the LMTA programs led to a terminal degree, and the most popular courses were Introduction to Libraries, Library Resources, and Audio Visual Materials. Responses concerning job placement indicate that LMTA's were most likely to find employment in public or school libraries. The survey report compares findings with data and standards from the American Library Association. The questionnaire is appended. (JP)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Associate Degrees, College Credits, Community Colleges, Courses, Education Work Relationship, General Education, Job Placement, Labor Market, Library Education, Library Technicians, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Student Teacher Ratio, Terminal Education, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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