A follow-up study of the factors shaping the career choices of library school students at the university of Alabama

Stephanie D. Taylor, R. Alexander Perry, Jessica L. Barton, Brett Spencer

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Abstract

Our paper presents the results of a survey of MUS students' motivations for choosing a library career, as well as their outlook on the job market, preferences for various subfields, and dreams about the future. In 2004 several researchers conducted a survey of MUS students at the University of Alabama's School of Library and Information Studies and reported the results in a 2006 RUSQ article, In afield of constant change, it is essential that a new study is conducted to glean current motivations for pursuing a MUS degree. New technologies, economic issues, and other factors could affect a new generation of librarians' mindsets. Therefore we replicated the earlier survey, added some new questions, and compared our results. This article describes the results of the current survey. It shows that myriad reasons motivate students to pursue the MUS, and librarians who have an interest in their new colleagues will find this paper of interest. We also suggest some practical steps that reference librarians (as well as human resource officers and library school administrators) can follow to recruit new librarians. This paper is based on a poster presented at the Alabama Library Association conference (ALLA), April 10, 2009, in Auburn, Alabama.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-47
Number of pages13
JournalReference and User Services Quarterly
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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