A 1980 survey of bibliographic instruction librarians with an M.L.S. degree and at least 2 years of bibliographic instruction in 18 selected college and university libraries in Pennsylvania (sample size: 133; responding: 120 or 90%) showed thatthe number of years of bibliographic instruction experience was as follows:

                2-5 years                                29 (25%) librarians

                6-8 years                                27 (22%) librarians

                9-11 years                              27 (22%) librarians

               12 or more years                     37 (31%) librarians                (Source)

        Ibid…. showed that28 (23%) reported college-level teaching experience and 56 (47%) reported elementary- or secondary-level teaching experience before their involvement in bibliographic instruction.                         (Source)

        Ibid…. showed thatof 120 respondents the 2 most frequent methods of actually gaining training for bibliographic instruction reported by respondents were self-study (63 or 56%) and credit courses (34 or 30%). However, respondents’ 4 most frequently recommended ways of preparing for bibliographic instruction were:

                previous teaching experience             32 (28%) respondents

                workshops                                       28 (25%) respondents

                in-service programs                        22 (19%) respondents

                credit courses                                 20 (18%) respondents                        (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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