Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Deskilling - ALA Leading the Way? Progress or Decline?

LLAMA of ALA is presenting the following conference session at the end of this month. Will the results of this research support the further erosion of the profession?

Hiring Non-MLS Librarians: Trends and Training Implications

Sun., June 26, 8–10 a.m. Libraries hire professionals from outside librarianship for positions traditionally held by MLS-degreed librarians. Hear results of ALA-funded research to examine hiring practices in public and academic libraries and the essential elements of an orientation for non-MLS hires in librarian positions.

We really need research on how to strengthen the MLS and stop this dilution of library staff.

Hear and protest!
-- John Berry

Source: Library Journal, online


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