ERIC Number: EJ861938
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Is Librarianship a Profession?
Community & Junior College Libraries, v15 n2 p119-122 2009
People use the words "profession" and "professional" in a multitude of ways. This article provides an extensive discussion about the idea of "profession." The author discusses how librarianship stacks up against the established professions and explores whether librarianship is considered as a profession. The author argues that librarianship is not a profession in any sense of the word. Librarians undertake comparatively short graduate training in their discipline. There are no board exams to pass, no strict code of ethics to respect or fear. Almost all librarians work for institutions, rather than individual clients, and are paid by the hour or week, not the task; they are also paid at a much less impressive rate. The comparative social position of librarians as compared to physicians, attorneys, and other professions need only be mentioned in order to make that point. Unless the education and organization offered to library students is to further increase the divide between instruction and practice, between librarians and the irrelevant "experts" who teach so many of their required courses, real efforts need to be made to approach professionalism.
Descriptors: Librarians, Library Education, Graduate Study, Library Science, Competence, College Faculty, Graduate Students, Professional Occupations
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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