Online from: 1988
Subject Area: Library and Information Studies
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|Title:||Redefining the professional in our field|
|Author(s):||James Lund, (Red Wing Public Library, Red Wing, Minnesota, USA)|
|Citation:||James Lund, (2012) "Redefining the professional in our field", Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances, The, Vol. 25 Iss: 2, pp.53 - 55|
|Keywords:||Libraries, Professional, Professional qualifications, Retirement, Succession|
|DOI:||10.1108/08880451211256351 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this article is to consider alternative qualifications for professional public library positions.
Design/methodology/approach – The author reflects on the necessary qualifications for professional public library positions following a recent library clerk recruitment.
Findings – The paper finds that credentialed professionals in other fields may serve the mission of the public library equally or better than credentialed librarians.
Originality/value – The paper offers a practical commentary on changes that may necessitate a redefinition of who is needed to fill professional positions in public libraries.
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