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The Future of the Profession of Librarianship: Constructed or Ordained
Canadian Journal of Library and Information Science
  • Margaret Ann Wilkinson, Western University
  • Roma Harris
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2003
Disciplines
Abstract
This paper continues a series exploring the perceptions of students entering university about the roles of librarians as well as other occupations by examining the role of professionalism in perceptions of occupations. A model of professionalism developed by Elizabeth Graddy that focuses on the informational relationship between the professional service provider and those who receive the service, rather than on internal characteristics of the field of the service, is tested. While Graddy's focus on the relationships between occupations and the public, rather than on conditions within various professions, is reinforced as predicting an occupation's ability to meet the challenges of a changing society, the data from this study demonstrate more predictive variables than those identified by Graddy. A more complex view of the future of librarian ship is emerging.
Citation Information
Margaret Ann Wilkinson and Roma Harris. "The Future of the Profession of Librarianship: Constructed or Ordained" Canadian Journal of Library and Information Science Vol. 27 Iss. 1 (2003) p. 49 - 78
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ma_wilkinson/26/