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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect, if any, of professional preparation, single-purpose or multi-purpose graduate school librarianship programs, upon continuing education. A previously validated questionnaire was used to ascertain: a) the degree of involvement in continuing education activities, b) the degree of importance placed upon continuing education activities, c) the degree of disparity between involvement in and importance placed upon continuing education activities, and d) the form of continuing education pursued or viewed as most desirable. The survey instrument was administered to two randomly drawn samples: 1) University of Iowa, a multi-purpose program (N=50) and 2) University of Northern Iowa, a single-purpose program (N=50.)

Analysis of the generated data hielded the following major findings:

1. Analysis of variance showed no statistically significant difference between the two samples in degree of involvement, degree of importance, or disparity between involvement and importance.

2. The Spearman Rank-Order Correlation Coefficient revealed no statistically significant difference between the two groups in the form of continuing education activities pursued or held most valuable.

With respect to the limited sampling and the delimitations of the study, it appears doubtful that the form of professional preparation has any impact upon perceptions and actions pertaining to continuing education; thereby responding, in part, to questions concerning single-purpose programs which have been posed in the professional literature of library science.

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Master of Arts


Department of Library Science

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Leah Hiland


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