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Library Professionals for the 21st Century Academy

Advances in Librarianship

ISBN: 978-0-12-024630-4, eISBN: 978-1-84950-007-4

Publication date: 30 November 2006


Asheim concluded by noting that the need for change was the thread that connected almost all discussions of library education during the decade; change was not just accepted but anticipated, encouraged, and even instigated at an increasing pace. The accompanying effect on professional education was that “… the stress in education … fell upon education-for-change rather than upon the history, the heritage, the tradition.”(1975, p. 178) Wisely, perhaps, Asheim declined to predict whether or not this particular stress on change would continue, but he did raise the possibility of a respite, a period when change would be placed to the side in favor of reaction and retrenchment. Thirty years later his words sound almost wistful:The next few years may be a period of synthesis following the antithesis of the past decade—not a complete return to an earlier and more leisurely past, but not so violent a wrench as was feared by some, and sought by others (1975, p. 178).


Barlow, D.L. and Aversa, E. (2006), "Library Professionals for the 21st Century Academy", Nitecki, D.A. and Abels, E.G. (Ed.) Advances in Librarianship (Advances in Librarianship, Vol. 30), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 327-364.



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