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This paper analyzes a total of 235 job advertisements for business librarians from 1983 through 1992 listed in "Library Journal,""American Libraries,""C & RL News,""SpeciaList," and the Eastern edition of "The Wall Street Journal." Each advertisement was examined for level of job; type of employing institution; geographic location; minimum salary; Master of Library Science (MLS) requirement; degrees other than MLS; years of experience; and types of experience or skills. Advertisements averaged 24 per year, most (74.9%) at the librarian level (versus supervisor or administrative level). Most openings were for academic libraries (73.2%), followed by special (15.7%) and public (11.1%). Geographic distribution was found to be almost even, at approximately 25% each for Northeast, Midwest, South, and West regions. A historical summary of minimum salaries is offered. Most institutions required an American Library Association accredited MLS (74.5%), while some accepted an unaccredited MLS (21.3%) and a few did not indicate degree requirement (4.3%). In addition to a degree, employers considered the following as important experience requirements: online/database searching; oral/written communication skills; subject background in business or related field; interpersonal skills; bibliographic instruction; and business reference skills. Although the job market for business librarians is relatively small, institutions require candidates who have specialized knowledge, experience and skills. Contains 22 tables and an appendix providing the advertisement content analysis coding form. (Contains 19 references.) (MAS)

Descriptors: Degree Requirements, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Qualifications, Employment Statistics, Labor Market, Librarians, Library Personnel, Occupational Surveys











Author: Rakevich, Doris

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=11042&id=ED376858







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