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ERIC Number: ED196454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Professionalism and American Librarianship.
Oberg, Larry R.
This paper traces a brief history of the development of American librarianship as a profession and examines the social climate from which it emerged. Several traditional and modern models of professionalism are discussed and applied to librarianship. Shortcomings of the profession, e.g., its scholarship and the non-prescriptive nature of its client-patron relations, are discussed in the light of these models. Also discussed is the ideologically based criticism of professionalism that emerged in the 1960s which suggested that hegemony over certain critical areas of knowledge, rather than placing professionals in a position to serve society better, might be used as a basis for social inequality. The summary discusses contemporary librarianship as it related to the traditional models, the validity of those models for today's world, and the options and prospects for librarianship in the 1980s. (Author/RAA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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