Music materials are unique items in the library world and must be approached in ways that consider the many different formats and content types. James Mason provides an examination of the considerations that factor into describing music materials so they can be found.
Our current research project explores the impact of pre-professional LIS work experiences – such as co-op placements, practicums, and job shadowing – on early-career librarians’ career success and satisfaction.
We hope the results of our research will help future LIS students make informed decisions about the pre-professional work experiences available to them. Our results will also help LIS education programs design and evaluate their formal pre-professional career programming.
In the first part of our study, we conducted six in-depth interviews with diverse library and information professionals. We are now embarking on the second phase: an online questionnaire. We are interested to see how the characteristics that interviewees identified as making an experience highly valuable will resonate with respondents.
Read more: Our project blog will post updates about our progress, preliminary findings, and upcoming presentations and publications.
Researcher: Judith Logan, Reference Librarian, University of Toronto; judith.logan [at] utoronto.ca. Research interests: LIS education, mentorship, assessment, emerging technologies and teaching and learning best practices.
Researcher: Sandra Herber, Academic Liaison Librarian, University of Guelph-Humber; sandra.herber [at] guelphhumber.ca. Research interests: library assessment, teaching and learning practices and, of course, LIS education.