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ERIC Number: ED363343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Pages: 65
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The Status of Catalogers in the Field of Librarianship.
Schwarz, Renee
This paper reports on the employment need for catalogers as perceived by library science students and practicing library administrators. Library literature provided several contradictory views on whether there is or is not a significant need for catalogers today; and, if there is, whether entry level catalogers or those with experience are in demand. The study consisted of two populations, one of library science students enrolled in five northeastern library schools and the other library administrators in different types of libraries in New York City. The data were gathered using questionnaires. Cataloging was indicated as a first choice by only 5.4% of the surveyed library science students. A large percentage (37%) indicated that they thought there were no cataloging jobs available. Only 6% said they would immediately accept a cataloging position if it were offered. The administrators indicated that they were not having difficulty in finding or maintaining an adequate professional cataloging staff either because financial pressures precluded the addition of new staff (35%) or because their current staff fulfilled their library's need. About 30% of the administrators required at least one year's experience and 30% were willing to accept entry level catalogers along with more experienced applicants. Questionnaires sent to students and administrators are appended. (Contains 30 references.) (KRN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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