ERIC Number: ED472879
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
The Professional Reading Habits of American Librarians.
Weaver, Susan M.
This research project studied the perceived quality of the library and information science literature and asked questions regarding international librarianship. Additionally, it questioned what librarians read, how they choose their reading material, and how they use the literature for their decision making. The sample consisted of librarians from the United States who were perceived as leaders or activists within the library science profession; 243 names were randomly chosen from the American Library Association (ALA) Handbook of Organization, and 116 valid surveys, or 53%, were returned. The instrument consisted of 18 questions and a list of journals (respondents were asked to identify titles that they read from this list). The respondents were mostly female (83.5 percent). All types of libraries were represented with academic libraries being the most abundant. In many aspects, this study confirms the findings of earlier studies or research and shows that librarians still believe professional reading is an important part of their professional life and they are still critical of the quality. Librarians want to read more, but "lack of time" is the big deterrent; most chose their reading material by browsing a journal. Another finding is that most US librarians are interested in information science issues worldwide. A table lists library science journals with statistics for "usually read,""sometimes read," and "total per cent of readers." (Contains 6 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Information Science, Librarians, Library Research, Library Science, Library Surveys, Reading Habits, Reading Material Selection, Reading Materials, Scholarly Journals
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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