n Mousaion - University and University of Technology graduates in the work place : comparison between LIS services and services of other selected disciplines

Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



Three individual preliminary studies compared the job functions of traditional university and university of technology (UoT) graduates in the staff structures of selected special, public and academic library services with those in the staff structures of selected engineering firms, a newspaper house and a health care service, respectively. The intention was to ascertain if perhaps there are any trends and best practices in these disciplines that could be adapted or adopted for the LIS work place to address apparent tensions in the LIS work environment regarding the relationship between professional and paraprofessional qualifications and positions. The purpose of this paper is to report collectively on these three preliminary studies and their findings from an initial and novel comparison. Self-administered questionnaires and structured interview schedules were used to collect data from selected samples of graduates and employer representatives. The findings revealed some interesting trends that perhaps can be drawn on to address some of the current tensions in the LIS work environment. Recommendations include extending these limited studies to ascertain if the trends revealed by these preliminary investigations are applicable more widely.

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