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ERIC Number: ED215697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Faculty Perceptions of Librarians: A Survey.
Budd, John; Coutant, Patricia
In the fall semester of 1981, librarians at the Sims Memorial Library of Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) surveyed the faculty of the university to ascertain their perceptions of the status and professional contributions of librarians. Of the 264 questionnaires sent out to faculty at the four major colleges (Business, Education, Humanities, and Science and Technology), 137 were returned completed, representing a response rate of 51.9 percent. Responses were analyzed for each major college according to the rank of the respondents (i.e., professor, associate professor, assistant professor, or instructor). The questionnaire was modeled after an instrument developed at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIU-C), covered such topics as the frequency of library use by faculty members, the importance of library collections for faculty research, the importance of librarians as assistants in research and teaching, whether or not librarians should conduct research, what type(s) of research librarians should conduct, and whether librarians should be granted full faculty status. It was found that a majority of faculty view librarians as professionals and that most of those surveyed felt that librarians should be granted faculty status. Data are presented in 12 tables, and a reference list and 1 25-item bibliography are attached. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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