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An assessment of education and training needs for government documents librarians in the United States

Authors
Journal
Journal of Government Information
1352-0237
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
28
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s1352-0237(01)00323-9
Keywords
  • U.S. Government Documents Librarians
  • Librarian Education And Training Needs
  • Library School Curriculum For Government Documents
  • Government Documents Workshops And Seminars
Disciplines
  • Education
  • Political Science

Abstract

Abstract The results from a survey to assess the training and educational needs of government documents librarians are presented in this article. In April 2000, a questionnaire was distributed to 450 government documents librarians in the United States, randomly selected from the seventh edition of American Library Association's Directory of Government Document Collections and Librarians (1997). Two hundred and forty-four librarians responded to the questionnaire. The survey included questions concerning the primary means by which government documents librarians gained knowledge about government documents as well as questions on the areas of government publications perceived by the government documents librarians that should be covered in greater depth in library school curricula. Also, government documents librarians were asked whether there were enough government documents workshops/seminars to meet their continuing education needs and what topics were perceived as important and worth being discussed or presented in future workshops.

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