The professional socialisation of librarians in Queensland

White, James Joachim (1985). The professional socialisation of librarians in Queensland PhD Thesis, Graduate School of Education, The University of Queensland.

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Author White, James Joachim
Thesis Title The professional socialisation of librarians in Queensland
School, Centre or Institute Graduate School of Education
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1985
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Total pages 268
Language eng
Subjects 0807 Library and Information Studies
080706 Librarianship
Formatted abstract An attempt is made to clarify the phenomenon of professionalism in general, and its application to librarianship in Queensland in particular. The notions of professions were analysed, because librarianship is generally characterised as a semi-profession. Since a profession should reflect the essence of an occupation, a professional model for librarianship has been formulated in terms of function and purpose.

This dissertation sought to identify the sources of job satisfaction of Queensland library workers. It also attempted to investigate the relationship between job satisfaction, education, job performance, and aspiration.

Data were collected by means of standardised scales. The data were collected from all levels of library workers throughout Queensland. Data were collected from academic, public, special, and State libraries. Various statistical techniques were employed in the analysis of the results using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).

The results of this study showed that Librarians in the sample are not uniformly tertiary educated. They are extremely dissatisfied with promotional aspects, and reported a high degree of dissatisfaction with financial rewards. The service orientation of Librarians needs correction and the autonomy aspects need improvements.

Library Assistants as a sample group have very little tertiary education, but large numbers perform professional tasks. They have the same dissatisfactions as the Librarians. Library Assistants have much in common with Librarians in respect to their work-related traits. The Library Assistants are not considered in the evaluation as professionals.

The data fit the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs model. The model provided a basis for a professional model in respect to professions. Education for the membership is a crucial part in the development of the occupation to a profession. New approaches to librarianship should consider the human side of the professional socialisation process.

Keyword Librarians -- Queensland
Job satisfaction -- Queensland
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