An exploratory study of upper secondary school students perception towards librarianship as a career

Ismail, Norillah (2006) An exploratory study of upper secondary school students perception towards librarianship as a career. Masters thesis, University of Malaya.

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This study was carried out to explore the perceptions of upper secondary students towards librarianship as a career, concerning their level of awareness, the nature of the job and educational qualifications of a professional librarian. The study was also designed to find out factors that motivate or discourage students to choose librarianship as a career. The survey method, in the form of questionnaires modified from studies done by Genoni and Greeve (1997), Bloch and Bloch (1981) and Baruchson-Arbib and Mendelovitz (2004), were administered to randomly selected Form Five and Form Six students in twelve secondary schools in Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya, Selangor. The response rate was 91.58%. The results of the findings reveal that the respondents had a very low level of awareness toward a career in librarianship. 49.84% were aware of a career in librarianship, but only 12% of the respondents would give a thought to be a librarian. 88.3% of the respondents were unaware of the existence of Public Higher Learning Institutions offering LIS programs. The respondents were also unaware of many job opportunities available in a broad range of places. They associated the place of employment with Higher Learning Institutions (78.0%), Schools (73.5%); and Museum and Archives (56.7%) only. "Check in and check out materials" and "Shelves and re-shelves books" were the two most recognized repetitive functions that were believed to be performed by a librarian. 64.9% underestimated the starting salary of librarian. A majority (83.1%) were also ignorant about the level of education demanded to work as a librarian. The librarians were rated the lowest among ten occupation included in the study. "Reading and love of books"(71.6°/0) and "Love interaction with public" (70.5%) remained the main reasons for being attracted to librarianship. "Other Career Chosen" (91.4%) and "Boring" (56.9%) were two perceived reasons of not considering librarianship as a career. The results of this study can be used by leaders in the profession and recruiters to develop strategies and help school leavers perceive librarianship in a more positive way. Expanding the informational sources about librarianship can facilitate the recruitment process. The future of this profession rests largely on the success of attracting better people into the profession, thus the profession should take into consideration the views of the generation of future professionals.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2013 02:49
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2013 02:49

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