ERIC Number: ED301214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Doctoral Programs, Theses, and Graduates in Library and Information Science in the United States: An Analysis of the Published Literature, 1960-1980. Occasional Papers Number 183.
Abrera, Josefa B.
This study analyzes and synthesizes the published information on doctoral programs, dissertations, and graduate students in library and information science in the United States from 1960 to 1980, and identifies those aspects that have been reported in the literature since the publication of the last such study in 1959. Data were gathered by manual searches of library-oriented indexes and a computerized search of ERIC using the PROBE retrieval program. The published literature for the target dates included 61 items, of which 20 focused primarily on doctoral programs, 21 on doctoral dissertations, and only one on doctoral graduates; seven reported on both doctoral programs and dissertations, three on doctoral programs and graduates, and one on doctoral dissertations and graduates; and seven examined all three areas. Publications on doctoral programs are analyzed in terms of admissions, courses, competencies, degrees, examinations, committees, faculty, recruitment, objectives, history, ranking, contribution to the profession, and issues and problems. Analyses of doctoral theses focus on statistical data, subject/topic, methodology, length of time to complete, published format, citation patterns, value/importance, shortcomings, and bibliographies/lists. Data on doctoral graduates are discussed in terms of socioeconomic factors, educational background, position held, prior professional experience, salaries, professional membership, and publications. Appendixes include a table of categories of doctoral programs, theses and graduates and a list of bibliographies of library/information science dissertations. (77 references) (EW)
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Doctoral Dissertations, Doctoral Programs, Graduate Surveys, Graduates, Higher Education, Information Science, Library Research, Library Schools, Library Science, Longitudinal Studies, Program Descriptions
Occasional Papers, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Publications Office, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 249 Armory Building, 505 E. Armory Street, Champaign, IL 61820 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Graduate School of Library and Information Science.