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The Management of Libraries and the Professional Functions of Librarians

Ralph M. Edwards
The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy
Vol. 45, No. 2 (Apr., 1975), pp. 150-160
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4306504
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Abstract

The function of library management is seen as different from the functions of librarians performing as professionals. A definition of these two distinguishable roles shows large areas of difference as well as some areas of overlap at the higher levels of library management. Failure to clarify the differences between these functions has hindered the development of a genuine profession of librarianship and continues to handicap effective library service. A limiting conception of management, rooted only in bureaucratic models of library organization, has dominated most libraries and has all too often been strengthened by recent emphases on more efficient library operations. What is called for is a broader vision of both the library profession and library management. The characteristics and the requirements of the profession must be defined and demonstrated by the profession itself. Those professionals specializing in library management can then be called upon to perform their role of providing leadership and direction to the organizations set up to support the professional services.

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