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Recruitment Experiences in Area Studies Library Organizations: The Case of ACRL's Western European Studies Section (WESS)*

Recruitment Experiences in Area Studies Library Organizations: The Case of ACRL's Western European Studies Section (WESS)*
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Author(s): George I. Paganelis (California State University - Sacramento, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 27
Source title: Recruitment, Development, and Retention of Information Professionals: Trends in Human Resources and Knowledge Management
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Elisabeth Pankl (Kansas State University, USA), Danielle Theiss-White (Kansas State University, USA) and Mary C. Bushing (Library Consultant, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-601-8.ch006

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the urgent need to recruit individuals into academic librarianship for positions within or otherwise related to area studies. It first outlines the major problems that continue to inhibit recruitment efforts in area studies including negative perceptions of academic librarianship, a narrow interpretation of qualifications, deterrents of the library and information science curriculum for subject Ph.D.s, and the shrinking number of dedicated full-time positions. Educational incentives, experiential opportunities, and a stronger focus on professional recruitment and collaboration by area studies library organizations are each explored as potential solutions. The second half of the chapter presents the activities and accomplishments of WESS’s Recruitment to the Profession Committee as a model for other area studies library groups to use to stimulate professional recruitment in their respective specialties.

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