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The librarian’s apprentice: reference graduate assistants

Kay Womack (Kay Womack ( is Head of the Reference Department, Bizzell Library.)
Karen Rupp‐Serrano (Karen Rupp‐Serrano (krupp‐ is Social Sciences Librarian, both at University of Oklahoma Libraries, Norman, OK, USA.)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



Many libraries utilize graduate assistants in a variety of programmatic areas. Little research, however, has been conducted as to how such students are recruited, selected and employed. Reports the results of a survey of main and undergraduate library reference departments at US academic institutions conferring an ALA‐accredited MLIS or equivalent degree. The survey solicited information about the employment of graduate assistants in such departments in six areas: recruitment, appointment, training, assignments, supervision and evaluation.



Womack, K. and Rupp‐Serrano, K. (2000), "The librarian’s apprentice: reference graduate assistants", Reference Services Review, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 119-129.




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