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EFFECT OF LIBRARIAN CERTIFICATION ON KNOWLEDGE AND MOTIVATION OF JAPANESE LIBRARIANS

Author: KEITA, TSUJI; YOSHIKANE, FUYUKI; KAGEURA, KYO; 辻, 慶太
Publisher: 2011-09-22T07:18:04Z 2011-09-22T07:18:04Z 2009-03-07
Edition/Format:   Downloadable archival material : English
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Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice (A-LIEP 2009) Preparing Information Professionals for International Collaboration 6-8 March 2009, University of Tsukuba, Japan
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Conference Paper
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Document Type: Internet Resource, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: KEITA, TSUJI; YOSHIKANE, FUYUKI; KAGEURA, KYO; 辻, 慶太
OCLC Number: 702912085
Language Note: English

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Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice (A-LIEP 2009) Preparing Information Professionals for International Collaboration 6-8 March 2009, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Introduction. There are not many kinds of librarian certification in Japan. Among them, Shisho (SC) is almost the only certification for public librarians, but few libraries and parent organizations (e.g., local public entities) take this certification seriously. About half of full-time-employee (FTE) public librarians do not have an SC. However, from this background, can we conclude that SC is useless? To see what the effect of SC certification really is, we conducted a survey. Method. We asked questions about (1) the knowledge and skills of librarians and (2) their motivation to (a) librarians with an SC certification, (b) librarians without SC, (c) non-librarians with SC, and (d) non-librarians without SC. The total number of respondents was 700 (numbers of types (a), (b), (c) and (d) were 137, 124, 114 and 325, respectively). We used an Internet survey service provided by Yahoo! Japan. The survey was conducted from January 18 to 29, 2008. Results. The librarians with SC knew the meanings of library-related terms and were confident in using database search techniques. On the other hand, the librarians without SC did not know basic terms such as "reference service", "OPAC" or "ILL" and their knowledge and skills seemed to be no more than would be expected of ordinary library users. As for job motivation, our results showed that many libra-rians with SC wanted to continue their jobs and wished to improve their skills and knowledge, while not a few FTE librarians without SC replied that they did not want that. As for their reasons for becoming li-brarians, "Because the parent organization ordered me to work at the library" was the most chosen among FTE librarians without SC. Conclusion. If all the other conditions are the same, libraries and their parent organization should prefer-ably place people with SC certifications in libraries.

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