Thank you Anne. I'm sure every Library Technician on the list thanks you.
I think many people like Ryan Deschamps forget (or never knew in the
first place) that library technicians go through an exhaustive 2 year
program as well as the "professionals".
Ryan Deschamps wrote:
> Further, a library tech could inadvertently be doing something against ALA standards and not be reprimanded because an employer is not likely to understand the standards themselves.
I think it is safe to assume a "professional" is just as likely to make
a mistake as is a "non-professional".
I find this discussion very disturbing. We (Library Techs) have all
worked for "professionals" (like Ryan) who belittle and demean our value
to the library community. I hope this attitude changes during the course
of your final year in study or you will end up like the other
"professionals (with the same attitude)" who spend most of their time
interviewing people because they won't stay in their employ.
Stephen Murray, a non-professional
Anne Chesnutt wrote:
> During library school and since, I have been concerned about this ongoing
> debate on professional v. non-professional library workers. I agree that
> the MLIS is a professional degree, however our profession does not have a
> formalized disciplinary process. This is where the comparison to the
> and medical professions fall apart. "Professional librarians" are not
> subjected to disciplinary actions when they do not adhere to the code of
> ethics, and I doubt that many employers are aware of our professional
> The point is well made that library technicians are often discredited or
> overlooked and I think that this is detrimental to us all. I have
> during my own 14-year library career that the associations far too often
> fail to take into account the perspective and interests of techs.
> Look at
> the wording of many notices for ongoing education sessions or library
> activities; at email messages about issues common to techs and to
> librarians. If you pay attention, the bias becomes quite obvious. I am
> often guilty of this myself, although I try to keep the broad spectrum of
> the library world in mind.
> Anne Chesnutt
> Judges' Librarian
> 1815 Upper Water St.
> Halifax, NS B3J 1S7
> (902)424-0646 fax
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