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Dissertation Information for Barbara Jean Williams

NAME:
- Barbara Jean Williams

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- Rutgers University (USA) (1980)

ADVISORS:
- Ralph Blasingame

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Ernest Deprospo
- F. William Summers
- Thomas H. Mott Jr.
- Samuel D. Proctor

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: A STUDY OF ACADEMIC LIBRARY RELATIONSHIPS AND THE INSTITUTIONAL SELF-STUDY IN SELECTED 1890 LAND-GRANT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Abstract: This exploratory study was designed to search for factors in the development of a particular group of academic libraries, namely the 1890 land-grant college and university libraries which might have been affected by the regional accrediting process, specifically, the Institutional Self-Study. The central problem for this study focused on the question--Do academic librarians, selected administrators and faculty perceive the regional accrediting process as establishing and/or strengthening academic library relationships in the development of selected 1890 land-grant college libraries and what are the results, if any, of such perceptions. In addition, another issue was investigated, the actual recommendations of the Self-Studies and those of the Visiting Committee in the selected libraries were compared with changes in dollar allocations for library personnel and materials.

Method. The sample of 1890 land-grant institutions for this study met the following criteria: (1) completion of the Institutional Self-Study during 1969-70 for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, (2) land-grant status under the Second Morrill Act of 1890, (3) representation of small and large college libraries identified through volumes, operating expenditures and professional staff, (4) teacher preparatory curricula, and (5) bachelor's and master's degree programs. Six groups by virtue of position have characteristics pertinent to academic library relationships and were chosen as participants, (1) Chief Librarians, (2) Librarians, (3) Presidents, (4) Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs, (5) Vice Presidents for Financial Affairs, and (6) Faculty. Data for this study were collected through questionnaires, interviews, Institutional Self-Studies, Visiting Committee Reports and Interim Reports.

Findings. The major findings are: (1) Chief Librarians, Librarians, Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs, and Vice Presidents for Financial Affairs did not perceive the regional accrediting process as establishing and/or strengthening academic library relationships in selected 1890 land-grant colleges and universities; and (2) the findings from the Presidents are inconclusive relative to the regional accrediting process as establishing and/or strengthening academic library relationships in selected 1890 land-grant colleges and universities. Faculty perceived the regional accrediting process establishing and/or strengthening academic library relationships in selected 1890 land-grant colleges and universities. The findings involving financial resources are inconclusive, therefore it cannot be stated whether libraries were better off materially as a result of the Institutional Self-Study.

Conclusion. The regional accrediting process provided the setting to identify strengths and weaknesses within an institution based on that institution's goals and objectives. Many academic library relationships were identified as negative, such as administrative practices relative to library programs and personnel, staff participation in program planning, communications and status of workers. However, the Institutional Self-Study had no positive effect on these practices.

MPACT Scores for Barbara Jean Williams

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calculated 2008-01-31 06:09:32

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