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Defending Professionalism: A Resource for Librarians, Information Specialists, Knowledge Managers, and Archivists
edited by Bill Crowley


This book provides overdue guidance for demonstrating and preserving library, information, knowledge, and archival professionalism in American, British, and Canadian communities and organizations.

Since the 2007 financial crisis, increasing numbers of experienced and newly degreed library, information, and archival professionals across the United States have lost their positions or been unable to secure a beginning professional position. In many instances, American public, academic, and school libraries have borne a disproportionate share of the cutbacks made by state and local governments, universities, and school systems.

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.

Highlights
• Addresses how readers can learn to advocate for their professionalism and programs in British, Canadian, and American political arenas
• Helps managers in all library and information specialties position themselves to defend and advance professionalism
• Demonstrates how managers and other professionals can develop personal and organizational marketing and advocacy skills




Crowley, Bill, ed. Defending Professionalism: A Resource for Librarians, Information Specialists, Knowledge Managers, and Archivists. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2012. 235 pp.

2012/softbound
978-1-59884-869-4 $50.
also available as ebook