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A comparative study of the job functions of university and university of technology graduates and diplomates in special libraries and engineering firms

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dc.contributor.advisor Raju, Jayarani
dc.contributor.author Rajagopaul, Athena
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-11T13:15:22Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-11T13:15:22Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.other 320603
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10321/433
dc.description Submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the Master of Technology Degree in Library and Information Studies in the Department of Information and Corporate Management, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2008. en_US
dc.description.abstract This study investigated the job functions of university and university of technology graduates and diplomates in the staff structures of special libraries and engineering firms in KwaZulu-Natal. The objective of the study was to draw on possible trends and best practices in the latter for the Library and Information Services (LIS) work environment, as engineering like LIS draws its personnel from both traditional universities and universities of technology (UoT). Hence, the main target population for the study was university and UoT graduates and diplomates in special libraries and engineering firms in KZN. Graduates and diplomates were chosen for inclusion in the study using a census because of the smallness of the staff complements in these organizations. Two sets of self-administered questionnaires were distributed, one to graduates/diplomates and the other to employers in the selected organizations. Data collected was analysed using descriptive statistics and content analysis. Findings of the study revealed inconsistencies with the National Diploma: Library and Information Studies (ND: LIS) where these diplomates occupy paraprofessional as well as professional positions in special libraries whilst engineering graduates and diplomates tend to occupy job titles according to their highest academic qualifications. In both special libraries as well as in the engineering environment there is much task overlap and downshifting of job functions between paraprofessional and professional university and UoT graduates and diplomates. This study has revealed a valuable best practice from the engineering discipline for the LIS profession, which is that of professional registration. Professional registration of engineering staff with the Engineering Council of South Africa is a statutory requirement in the engineering profession and allows for the growth and development of those in the profession. It is recommended that the LIS profession, and the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) specifically, investigate a mechanism for professional registration of library and information workers. en_US
dc.format.extent 248 p en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Library employees en_US
dc.subject Engineers--Employment--South Africa en_US
dc.subject Special librarians--Employment--South Africa en_US
dc.subject Job analysis en_US
dc.subject Engineering--Study and teaching en_US
dc.subject Library education en_US
dc.subject College graduates--Employment--South Africa en_US
dc.title A comparative study of the job functions of university and university of technology graduates and diplomates in special libraries and engineering firms en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.dut-rims.pubnum DUT-002346


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