A 1977 study of library school assistant deans involving 33 assistant deans at 31 responding schools (out of 33 schools identified as having such a position) showed that25 (76%) were male and 8 (24%) were female.                      (Source)

        Ibid…. showed that(multiple responses possible) 24 (73%) had academic library experience, 10 (30%) had public library experience, 10 (30%)had school library experience, 2 (6%) had special library experience, 2{6%) had information science experience, and 13 (39%) had teaching experience in other fields.                      (Source)

         Ibid…. showed thatthe 5 most common responsibilities of assistant deans were: admissions (20), scheduling (17), placement (11), general correspondence (11), and editing of catalog, handbooks, etc. (11). All the assistant deans had teaching responsibilities.             (Source)

         Ibid…. showed thatthe teaching load for assistant deans was as follows: 1 course (6), 2 courses (14), 3 courses (5), 4 courses (7), and 1 teaches 6 courses.              (Source)

         Ibid…. showed that15 (45%) had secretaries of their own (or secretaries over whom they have priority in assigning work), 8 (24%) share the dean's secretary, 7 (21%) use the faculty secretary, 2 use the secretarial pool, and 1 has a graduate assistant.               (Source)

         Ibid…. showed thatthe 3 main committees on which assistant deans had regular membership were: curriculum (22), admissions (20), and continuing education (12).                         (Source)

         Ibid…. showed thatof 32 respondents, 20(61%) had complete freedom to make decisions within all areas of their responsibility, 6 (18%) had freedom to make some decisions, 2 (6%) were rarely involved in the decision-making process, and 5 (15%) had some variation of the above. Further, 17 (54%) were able to act with full authority in the dean's absence, 13 (39%) act only in designated matters in the dean's absence. while 2 (6%) had no authority to act for the dean.                       (Source)

         Ibid…. showed thatof 32 respondents, 22 (69%) felt they exercised a leadership role in the library school, 8 (25%) felt they exercised a leadership role to a limited extent, and 2 (6%) felt they did not exercise a leadership role.                      (Source)

         Ibid…. showed that22 (68%) reported they liked administrative work and wished to continue in their present position while 3 (9%) stated they did not like administrative work and would return to teaching as soon as an opportunity arose. None were interested in returning to library work.                      (Source)

 A 1978 survey of full-time faculty in 7 Canadian graduate library schools (population: 81 faculty; survey size: 71 faculty; responding: 59 or 83%) showed that, of the 7 library school deans and directors, 5 were male and 2 were female.                    (Source)

         Ibid…. showed that1.3 (22.0%) respondents (spread through 4 schools) were involved in extension work. Further, 45 (76%) respondents were involved in academic administration, of which 26 (57.8%) devoted at least 10% of their time to academic administration. 22 (37.3%) respondents reported an involvement in consulting activities.          (Source)


Dr. David Kohl

 "Libraries in the digital age are experiencing the most profound transformation since ancient Mesopotamian scribes first began gathering and organizing cuneiform tablets."

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