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Clarifying Jurisdiction in the Library Workforce: Tasks, Support Staff, and Professional Librarians

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Title: Clarifying Jurisdiction in the Library Workforce: Tasks, Support Staff, and Professional Librarians
Author(s): Applegate, Rachel
Subject(s): Workforce Issues in Library and Information Science Librarians -- United States -- Attitudes. Library technicians -- United States -- Attitudes. Professions. Core competencies.
Abstract: Jurisdiction refers to those tasks or responsibilities that are seen as central to and exclusively controlled by a profession. When library work is examined, what is the proper jurisdiction for professional, masters-level librarians? This study examines the definition of professional with respect to library workers by using data from a national survey of competencies for library support staff and by comparing American Library Association-approved competencies for beginning MLS librarians and certified support staff. According to this analysis, professional librarians are those who know context (history, theory), do research, educate patrons, and manage people and collections. They are not necessarily those who provide direct services.
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In Library Trends 59(1-2) Summer/Fall 2010: 288-314e
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/18734
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 2010 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-10-16
 

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