Library culture and the MLIS: the bonds that unite librarianship

Robert P. Holley (Wayne State University, Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Publication date: 14 November 2016



This paper aims to show the importance of the Master’s degree in the library and information sciences in learning the essential values of library and information science culture.


The paper is a discussion based upon the author’s decades of experience as a librarian and library science professor.


Cultural values help unify the diverse profession of librarianship. Librarians working in different types and sizes are able to cooperate because of these shared values.

Research limitations/implications

The paper does not build upon any research studies.

Practical implications

The paper provides ways in which library and information science schools can help students learn the important elements of library culture.

Social implications

Library culture helps librarians bond together and work toward common goals to benefit the profession.


The value of library culture as a unifying factor has not often been systematically investigated. This paper also integrates current trends in librarianship including the increased focus on information technology.



Holley, R. (2016), "Library culture and the MLIS: the bonds that unite librarianship", The Bottom Line, Vol. 29 No. 3, pp. 207-217.

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