ERIC Number: ED352060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Educational Requirements beyond the MLS for Academic Librarians in 1990.
Aufderhaar, Kathleen E.
Eight-hundred sixty-five advertisements for academic librarian positions in the 1990 issues of "American Libraries" were examined to determine how many position advertisements were asking for advanced degrees in addition to the MLS. Data from the 231 advertisements asking for advanced degrees were compared with data from previous studies as well as with data from a questionnaire that was sent to libraries advertising positions requesting additional degrees. Of those positions desiring or requiring an additional degree, 55% were public service and mixed-duty positions, 17% technical service, 16% administrative, and 13% collection management. It was found that the number of advertisements asking for additional degrees has increased and 57.6% of librarians filling the positions do indeed have the requested degrees in hand at the time of hire. Most of those positions are subject-specialized or in subject-specialized libraries. Data on size and type of library, ARL (Association of Research Libraries) status of library, faculty status of librarians, and type and level of position were compared with educational requirements of positions, both as advertised and as filled. The questionnaire and cover letter sent to advertising libraries are appended. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/KRN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.L.S. Thesis, Kent State University.