What Makes An Information 'Professional'? Sam Wiggins & laura Williams

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The presentations was delivered during the New Professionals Conference 2011 by Sam Wiggins and Laura Williams on Monday 20th June, at the University of Manchester

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What Makes An Information 'Professional'? Sam Wiggins & laura Williams

  1. 1. What Makes An Information 'Professional'?<br />CILIP New Professionals Conference 20th June 2011<br />Sam Wiggins & Laura Williams<br />
  2. 2. What are we going to talk to you about?<br />Our preconceptions and experiences of library 'professionals'<br />Survey results – how do professionals define themselves?<br /> <br />Ways to address what we have found<br />
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  4. 4. OUR IDEAS OF AN INFORMATION ‘PROFESSIONAL’<br />Experience and qualifications are important <br />An information <br />professional is anyone who works in a <br />library<br />
  5. 5. The survey<br />Distributed via Twitter and JISC’s LIS-LINK mailing list<br />Aim of the survey; obtain perceptions of professionalism in the information sector<br />195 fully completed responses<br />A mix of 10 qualitative and quantitative questions<br />
  6. 6. Q1. Do you consider yourself to be a professional within the library and information sector?<br />
  7. 7. Q2. How long have you been in the library and information profession?<br />How Many Years Have You Been in the Library and Information Profession?<br />
  8. 8. Q3 & Q4. Do you hold any CILIP accredited qualifications?<br />
  9. 9. Q5. How would you define an "information professional"?<br />
  10. 10. Q6. What do you think qualifies as a professional level post or job role?<br />
  11. 11. Q7. What do you think your job title says <br />about your status as a professional?<br />
  12. 12. Q8. How important do you feel a CILIP accredited qualification is to calling yourself a professional?<br />
  13. 13. Q9. How important is a CILIP accredited qualification to how others perceive you <br />within the library and information sector?<br />
  14. 14. Q10. Do you have any other comments relating to professionalism in the library and information sector?<br />
  15. 15. “The idea that being a professional is tied to having a specific qualification is damaging to the profession as a whole - our skills and technical expertise don't make us special, it's our ethics and conduct that should make us stand out from all those other people who increasingly dabble in what we do.”<br />
  16. 16. “Too much emphasis on becoming a graduate-based profession and not enough on practical experience”<br />
  17. 17. “A strong sense of professionalism is vital - and to be a professional you need a professional body to maintain standards, promote and speak for the profession and generally act as a focus”<br />
  18. 18. Interrelationships of perceived skills belonging to a successful new professional<br /><ul><li>Attempted to make distinctions and highlight issues between the various sectors, as indicated by the survey
  19. 19. Information professionals need to be multi-skilled, similar to a “Blended Librarian” (Bell & Shank, 2004; Corrall, 2010) </li></li></ul><li>Public<br />Experience<br />Vocational Approach<br />Qualifications<br />Networking<br />Specialist<br />Academic<br />Interrelationships of perceived skills belonging to a successful new professional<br />
  20. 20. Final thoughts<br />
  21. 21. Final thoughts<br />We think an information professional should fit the following criteria: <br />Possession of qualifications, experience or skills, alongside an underlying professional attitude<br />
  22. 22. Further research<br /><ul><li>An examination into the perceived necessity of CILIP qualifications and the percentage of jobs that actually require them
  23. 23. Do definitions of an information professional vary across sectors? </li></li></ul><li>Bibliography<br />Applegate, R. (2010). “Clarifying Jurisdiction in the Library Workforce: Tasks, Support Staff, and Professional Librarians”. Library Trends. 59 (1-2), 288-314<br />Bell, S. & Shank, J. (2004). "The blended librarian: A blueprint for redefining the teaching and learning role of academic librarians". College and Research Libraries News, 65 (7), 372-275. <br />Bennett, M. H. (2011). “The benefits of non-library professional organization membership for liaison librarians” The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 37 (1), 46-53.<br />Carroll, M. & Murray, J. (2010). "Swirling students: A study of professional and vocational training avenues for the library and information industry". Library Trends, 59 (1/2), 188-207.<br />Corrall, S. (2010). “Educating the academic librarian as a blended professional: a review and case study”. Library Management, 31 (8/9), 567-593.<br />Crowley, B. (2008). Renewing Professional Librarianship: A fundamental rethinking. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. <br />Deepthi & Tadasad, P. G. (2010). “What do employers expect from library and information professionals”. Information Studies, 16 (3), 183-192. <br />
  24. 24. Bibliography<br />Miller, C. (2011). “Work Experience”, The Bradford Librarian, 21 May [Online]. Sheffield. http://thebradfordlibrarian.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/work-experience/ [Accessed 29 May 2011].<br />Orme, V. (2008). “You will be...: A study of job advertisements to determine employers’ requirements for LIS professionals in the UK in 2007”. Library Review,57 (8), 619-633.<br />Riddington, L. et al. (2008). Chartership – Yes or No?: CILIP’s Chartership Scheme. University of the West of England: Unpublished MSc Presentation. <br />
  25. 25. Image Credits<br />Librarian: http://www.bighappyfunhouse.com/archives/hothothotlibrianaction.jpg<br />Nancy Pearl Action Figure: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bdewey/2121562294/<br />Brain: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dierkschaefer/2961565820<br />Library: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hankzby/4272697578<br />Graduation Caps: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatcouldgowrong/4608963722<br />Business card as search result: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffmcneill/3243431754<br />
  26. 26. Any Questions?<br />Any Questions?<br />Samuel Wiggins<br /> <br />@LibWig<br /> <br />libwig.wordpress.com<br />Laura Williams<br /> <br />@theatregrad<br /> <br />theatregrad.wordpress.com <br />

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