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Dissertation Information for April Bohannan

- April Bohannan

- Ph.D.

- Library and Information Science

- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (USA) (1995)

- Barbara B. Moran

- Edward G. Holley
- Sydney John Pierce
- Ida Harper Simpson
- Jerry Dale Saye

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: Anticipatory socialization: A study of entering students in library and information science programs

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between students' backgrounds and their professional orientations upon entry into the formal education phase of socialization. This was done through the use of a questionnaire that was sent to all students entering the Library and Information Science programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall semester of 1993.

First, demographic data was examined. Then, comparisons were made between the compiled data and results from previous studies. A profile was drawn of the typical library and information science student in these two programs.

Three hypotheses were introduced and tested: (1) Librarians have exerted the greatest influence on students to pursue library and information science as a career. (2) A student's previous work experience in a library or information center will influence his or her initial choice of future employment. (3) A student's previous experiences will influence his or her perception of the library and information science profession and its members.

The results showed support only for hypothesis one. Although the support for hypothesis one seemed to confirm the importance of certain background experiences to the choice of library and information science as a career, the lack of support for hypothesis two may indicate what little influence these background experiences had on students' perceptions of the desirability of various aspects of library and information science work. In addition, the lack of support for hypothesis three seems to indicate that they had little to do with providing incoming students with a more valid view of the profession. This lack of support also raised a number of questions which could provide the basis for further examination beyond that which was considered in the original plan of this study.

MPACT Scores for April Bohannan

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C = 1
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TA = 0
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