Defending Professionalism: A Resource for Librarians, Information Specialists, Knowledge Managers, and Archivists

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ABC-CLIO, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 235 pages
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There is no longer any way to deny or to escape the responsibility of marketing services and being an advocate for one's profession. Practitioners also need effective arguments and approaches for combating library and information deprofessionalization. This book offers the antidote for ineptitude in the fight to preserve professionalism in all major library and information environments.

Composed of 14 chapters written by contemporary practitioners and practitioners-turned-theorists, Defending Professionalism: A Resource for Librarians, Information Specialists, Knowledge Managers, and Archivists clearly justifies the employment of the professional librarian, information specialist, knowledge manager, and archivist. The contributors offer both short-term and long-term political, cultural, and other approaches for the ongoing effort to retain and expand professionalism. The book provides managers, funding authorities, educators, and practitioners with practical, political, and theoretical reasons why it is in their self-interest to employ professionally educated personnel for positions within libraries, information or knowledge management centers, and archives.


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1 Why Are We Trashing the Professionalism of Librarians Information Specialists Knowledge Managers and Archivists?
2 Justifying Professional Education in a SelfService World
A Return to Belligerence
Demonstrating the Value of the Professional Public Librarian
5 Strategies and Aspirations for Defending School Library Professionalism
6 FutureProofing the Academic Librarian
7 Understanding the Worth of the Professional Librarian in the Research University or Institution
8 Valuing the Return on Investment of the Information Professional in Specialized Institutions Corporations Government Agencies NGOs etc
10 A Culturally Pragmatic and FeministInfluenced Approach to Defending Professionalism
11 The LIS Professional Commons and the Online Networked Practitioner
12 The Political Case for Supporting the Value of Professionalism
The Difficulty of Convincing Others to Change Their Thinking and Behavior
14 Advancing Professionalism in Library Information Knowledge and Archival Services in the New Normal World
About the Editor and Contributors

9 Defending the Professional Archivist

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Bill Crowley, PhD, is a tenured full professor at Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, River Forest, IL, where he has been a faculty member since 1996.

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