Alternative Careers for Graduates of Library Science Programs: Are Library Schools Doing Enough?

by MacPherson, Meredith A.

Abstract (Summary)
This study determined the extent to which library science (LS) programs prepare recent graduates for careers in non-library, or alternative, settings. A review of the literature indicated that the proliferation of information technology in private sector businesses has impacted the employment prospects for LS graduates. Qualitative data collected from job advertisements and LS course descriptions was analyzed and the extent of the overlap between the skills required by employers and the skills taught by LS programs was ascertained. Job advertisements were collected and the skills and qualifications required by employers were recorded, analyzed, and coded. These categories of skills were then compared to the skills mentioned in the online course catalogs of nine ALA-accredited LS programs. The results of this content analysis revealed that employers most often require communication skills (67.27%), analytical skills (54.55%), and knowledge of industry concepts and terminology (63.64%) and industry resources (63.64%). The researcher concluded that the nine programs examined in this study adequately address these skills and knowledge areas. This work contributes to studies of the impact of technology on the profession of librarianship, the emergent job market for LS graduates, and the educational trends of LS programs.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Rita W. Moss

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:content analysis job advertisements course descriptions alternative careers librarians


Date of Publication:04/01/2008

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