Measuring the Applications of the Subject Doctorate to Academic Librarianship in North America Public Deposited

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  • May 8, 2019
  • Zalin, Mackenzie
    • Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
  • This work records and discusses the results of an anonymous web-based survey administered in January and February of 2019 to academic librarians with subject doctorates (i.e. PhDs in disciplines outside of library and information science) employed in North America. Respondents answered a mixture of quantitative and qualitative questions about the fields of their PhDs, their MLSs or equivalent degrees, their current positions in academic libraries, and the relevancy of their doctoral training to their current positions. According to the principal finding of this study, a majority of those librarians surveyed apply their doctoral training directly to their current positions in academic libraries, albeit at lower rates than those observed in the preceding decade. Statistically significant correlations were found between the relevancy of respondents’ doctoral training to their current positions, the accreditation status of their MLS or equivalent, and the year they began their current positions.
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  • Flaherty, Mary Grace
  • Master of Science in Library Science
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  • Library and Information Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2019
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