Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Librarianship Deprofessionalization

Professionals. Non-Professionals. Discuss.

"The Library Paraprofessional Movement & the Deprofessionalization of Librarianship."  Progressive Librarian Revised ed. / Rory Litwin.
New York: January 2010.

"I will argue, however, that our concern about the loss of autonomy in the library profession is not entirely a selfish concern, for two reasons: first, because a loss of autonomy for librarians is a net loss of autonomy for front‐line library workers, and not simply a redistribution of it; and second, because attention to the ethical foundations of professional practice depends to a great extent on the maintenance of professional identity through a graduate education requirement and a strong professional association."