Measuring the Training Needs of Specialist and Non-specialist Librarians in Mashhad’s Public Libraries and the Role of their Experiences on the Needs

Document Type : مقالات پژوهشی


Ferdowsi University of Mashhad


Purpose: The main purpose of this study was to assess the training needs of specialist and non-specialist librarians in public libraries and the role of their experiences in the type and assortment of these needs in Mashhad.
Methodology: This Applied study used the survey method. The population was all librarians working in public libraries in Mashhad and the sample was 140 people who were selected from among the population through random cluster sampling method. The data were collected through a researcher made questionnaire with 57 items.
Findings: Specialist librarian training needs include the reference work and services, information technology, organization, information literacy skills, and collection. The non-specialist librarians training needs include information technology, reference work and services, information literacy skills, collection, and organization. Also, the organization needs of the specialist librarians were more than the non-specialist librarians. Their experience didn’t have any role in the training needs of the librarians and it made a difference only in reference work and the service needs of the non-specialist librarians.


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