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ERIC Number: ED500319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 6
The Impact of the USF Tampa Library Graduate Assistant Program on Career and Professional Development
Silver, Susan L.; Cunningham, Virginia P.
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The Graduate Assistant program at the University of South Florida Tampa Library has been in place since 1976, and has a long tradition of providing graduate students from the School of Library and Information Science at USF, with training and preparation for careers as librarians, by providing pre-professional, broad-based library experience, Despite the apparent success of this longstanding program, students who complete the program have never been surveyed to gauge the effectiveness of the program. Over one hundred former graduate assistants were contacted and asked to participate in the survey. The survey included thirteen items, ranging from questions about their graduate assistant experience to questions about their career path since leaving USF and their opinions about what effect the graduate assistant program has had on their careers. The 49 responses showed that most Graduate Assistants have gone on to have successful careers as librarians in a variety of different libraries and value the experience they gained by participating in the program. (Contains 3 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida