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Student Employees in Academic Libraries: Premise and Potential
  • michael c vocino, University of Rhode Island
  • Martha H. Kellogg, University of Rhode Island
This report presents the results of two surveys undertaken at the University of Rhode Island (URI) Libraries over a 2-year time period, one addressed to URI library student employees, and the other to their supervisors. Of the 171 students and 20 staff supervisors who received questionnaires, 144 students (84.21%) and 19 supervisors (95%) responded. The questionnaires sought information on: (1) who the typical student employees are; (2) the conditions of their employment as perceived by the students themselves and the staff who hire, supervise, and train them; (3) whether this sizeable workforce is being utilized effectively; and (4) whether any questions posed or conclusions drawn from the URI library student employee experience can be applied universally to similar situations in other academic libraries. Staff members were asked specifically about the initial hiring of student employees; their training and supervision; their retention; and benefits/disadvantages of student workers. The results of the two surveys are summarized and compared with the results of previous studies reported in the literature. It is concluded that academic libraries, rather than mismanaging the student workforce as reported in most of the literature, are investing the optimum amount of resources necessary to assure the continued effective and efficient functioning of the institution. Appended are copies of student and staff questionnaires; a student performance evaluation form; and a memorandum to student library employees. (9 references) (CGD)
  • academic libraries,
  • library personnel,
  • work study
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michael c vocino and Martha H. Kellogg. "Student Employees in Academic Libraries: Premise and Potential" (1987)
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