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Title:The Role of the Association in Developing Professional Competence
Author(s):Virgo, Julie Carroll
Subject(s):Libraries --Data processing
Online data processing
Information technology
Library education
Abstract:I would like to begin by reviewing what it is about an association that shapes the special role it can play in developing professional competence. To begin with what is perhaps the obvious, a professional association consists of a group of people who identify with a particular profession. The Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences1 defines a profession as an occupation requiring intensive and continuous preparation. In searching back in my memory to library school classes, I remember the characteristics then cited to describe a profession: 1. it has a body of knowledge that describes the field and some consensus about that body of knowledge; 2. it requires extensive study or preparation; 3. there develops a commitment to training new entrants and extending the knowledge; 4. it develops a body of literature and the publication of scholarly journals to disseminate the information; and 5. groups are formed to advance the goals of the profession in other words, the development of associations.
Issue Date:1983
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In L.C. Smith, ed. 1983. Professional competencies--technology and the librarian. Papers presented at the 1983 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 109-123.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (20th : 1983)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 1983.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-09

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