This dissertation looks at the trends and characteristics of students embarking
upon a career in the library and information profession. It also considers the impression
and the ethos generated by the way Career Information and Course Handbooks
present library and information services.
In particular, it profiles the LUT DILS student intakes for the Academic Year
91/92. Students' previous job experience and their chosen careers were analysed
against their given reasons to embark upon a library and information course so as to
establish whether a library and information profession is their first or their second
choice of career.
It was found that the intakes are predominantly female and they are inclined
to specialise in humanities and social science subjects. They are likely to be individuals
who are inquisitive, investigative, like attending to details and have good
interpersonal skills not in organising and administering people but in understanding
and helping people. He or she is also likely to be an independent worker who values
the aesthetic qualities of the work and the workplace.
They are not likely to be outwardly competitive. Most of them do not care for
monetary gain and they seemingly lack leadership qualities. Most of them consider
the role of work important and they are keen to identify their implicit need for
personal growth with their job.
The results suggest that the library and information profession embarked upon
was treated by some as a second choice of career. The main first chosen careers are
in the literary proper, social work and in teaching.
Course reference handbooks for different educational establishments could not
agree in their main entry headings for library and information work and they tend
to have different philosophical outlooks for the library and information profession.
Such different approaches created a confused image for the library and information
The tertiary career guidance was found to represent information services more
realistically by its occupational nature and. not by the employment sectors as in
the Career Library Classification Index( CLCI) used by secondary careers guidance.
A Masters Dissertation, submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the award of Master of Science of Loughborough University.