ERIC Number: ED253250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
The Other Librarian: A Survey of Undergraduate Library Science Programs and Their Graduates.
Schmidt, Karen A.
This survey was designed to: produce and compare data on the number and composition of undergraduate library science graduates for a specific year (1980) with statistics on master's level graduates; to identify the probable placement opportunities for undergraduate library science students; to define the administrative levels within colleges and universities which such programs enjoy; and to represent the attitudes of undergraduate library science educators on such topics as the role of the undergraduate program in library education and the future of the undergraduate degree. The 1980 American Library Association Standing Committee on Library Education's "Undergraduate Programs in Library Education (Four-Year Schools)" was used to define the population to be surveyed. Of the 227 surveys mailed, 166 (73.1%) were returned. Twenty-nine schools reported having no appropriate program and seven supplied unusable information, leaving a total of 130 usable responses. An overall review of the responses shows a high degree of commitment to programs which many respondents believe are dying out. Undergraduate programs seem to be producing employable graduates, particularly in the area of school/media librarianship, and there is a feeling among the administrators of these programs that their graduates can be competitive in other areas of librarianship as well. Following an introduction and information on survey methodology, the report contains sections on: degrees and programs; graduates; positions and salaries; and the attitude survey. References and the survey instrument are included. (THC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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