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Dissertation Information for Dorothy Burnett

NAME:
- Dorothy Burnett

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of Pittsburgh (USA) (1984)

ADVISORS:
- Patrick R. Penland

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Richard Andrew Krzys
- Richard Seckinger
- William Nasri
- Jay E. Daily

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: BLACK STUDIES DEPARTMENTS AND AFRO-AMERICAN LIBRARY COLLECTIONS AT TWO PREDOMINANTLY WHITE UNIVERSITIES: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

Abstract: This study was designed for the following purposes: (1) to trace the origins of the Black Studies Department and Afro-American Library Collection at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Curriculum of African and Afro-American Studies and Afro-American related library materials at the University of North Carolina, (2) to determine what types of patrons use the collection, (3) to compare and to contrast Black Studies patrons and Library User patrons at both universities.

The historical method was used to trace the origins of the Black Studies Department/Curriculum and the Afro-American Library Collection/materials. Questionnaires were designed to solicit demographic information and patterns of library usage from patrons. A four-way correlation procedure was designed for questionnaire analysis to compare and to contrast the results of Black Studies and Library User respondents at both universities.

At the University of Pittsburgh, questionnaires were distributed to 201 students enrolled in Black Studies classes, and to 201 library patrons in Hillman Library. At the University of North Carolina, questionnaires were distributed to 181 students enrolled in Black Studies classes, and to 181 library patrons in Wilson Library. Response rates were 101 or fifty per cent Black Studies and 122 or sixty per cent Library User respondents at the University of Pittsburgh, and 97 or fifty-five per cent Black Studies and 178 or ninety-eight per cent Library User respondents at the University of North Carolina. The four-way correlation and questionnaire analysis revealed that Black Studies respondents did not differ at the two universities, and Library User respondents did not differ at the two universities.

Major findings of this study indicated that: (1) Black Studies Programs and Afro-American Library Collections were formulated because of student unrest of the sixties, (2) generally, the majority of respondents at both universities indicated that they were aware of the existence of Afro-American library materials, (3) the majority of Black Studies respondents at both universities stated that they had used Afro-American library materials, but the majority of Library User respondents said that they had not used Afro-American library materials, (4) the majority of respondents at both universities was represented by undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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