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an opportunity for administrators to take a greater share of control

Posted by vlorbik on March 23, 2010

rory litwin’s (pdf) paper on deprofessionalization in libraries (from progressive librarian).


7 Responses to “an opportunity for administrators to take a greater share of control”

  1. Vanessa said

    google docs is “unable to generate a view of the document at this time” so I’ll take your word for it

  2. vlorbik said

    hmm. library juice press (litwin). i shoulda said. i don’t even *know* how i read pdf’s… they just appear in my browser… so you’re one step ahead of me there… anyhow, rory’s been posting about libraries almost since the dawn of the web i think and his stuff is well worth looking over. actually, as i now remind myself his name’s in my blogroll so if you actually see my page when you read my stuff… as most people *don’t* but i tend to forget this too… why, there it is over there.

  3. vlorbik said

    bandwidth problems maybe at rory’s end?

    Bandwidth Limit Exceeded

    The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.
    Apache/1.3.37 Server at http://www.libraryjuicepress.com Port 80

    maybe the paper was a hit.

  4. vlorbik said

    Many occupations that we commonly call professions only exhibit the features of professions, in sociological terms, to intermediate degrees. Examples of the occupations thta are usually considered “semi-professions” in the sociology of the professions are social work, nursing, teaching, pastoral care to religious congregations, and librarianship. While these professions are supported by a specialized knowledge base, that knowledge base is generally believed to be less developed than that of the full professions and therefore less of a barrier to entry and practice. The lower educational requirements for entry into these occupations support this impression. Sociologists consider these occupations as semi-professions based on the way that the work is organized within them, the educational requirements, and their degree of self-governance and autonomy (though it seldom goes without mention in the literature that the semi-professions are mostly female occupations).

    … gender politics and the politics of the library profession are deeply intertwined, but the threads remain to be sorted out, and the analysis needs to be multidimensional and historical.

    –op. cit.

  5. Vanessa said

    finally remembered to come back and get it. saved something not dissimilar on deprofessionalization a while back, not that i remember where. “semi-professional” ~ all service professions with that “angel of the hearth/beside/desk” anchor dragging

    infop-fetishist is another librarian i’ve started reading


  6. vlorbik said

    another great library blog
    spotted *at* info-fetishist.

    infop is a cool typo
    since it gives me reason to remark
    that certain computerheads were once
    known to use p for ? in creating
    function-names. thus, “wordp”
    would be code for “word?”,
    the function that (let’s say)
    tests a given string of type
    (like abt, atb, bat, bta, tab, or tba)
    and returns a “yes” value…
    usually as i strongly suspect you’ll know
    this is encoded as “1”…
    if the string can be found in some
    “dictionary” of “words” available
    to the system running the code
    (other wise “no”… “0”… nix,
    forget it, nothing to see here,
    move along): thus
    wordp(abt) = 0
    wordp(bat) = 1
    thanks for bringing this up.

  7. vlorbik said

    “Students who define their need as never straying beyond comfortable ways of thinking, acting and learning are not always in the best position to judge what is in their own best interests.”

    –from the teaching reflection and hegemony post cited by v.v..

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