It seems likely that a further substantial expansion of training facilities for librarians will be necessary. The new salary structure proposed by the National Joint Council for Local Authorities Services which ranks librarianship as a ‘second rate’ profession is likely to affect adversely recruitment to the library profession. As a long‐term policy to correct this situation it is suggested that the senior practitioners in librarianship of the future should be measured not by the ‘internal’ standards of the Library Association but by the ‘external’ standards of the universities. The author favours for future senior staff the integrated degree course on the style of that now provided by the University of Strathclyde supplemented by integrated courses in some of the existing non‐graduate schools of librarianship leading to Council for National Academic Awards degrees. The two‐year non‐graduate courses which will continue to train the bulk of staff for junior professional posts should also be ‘integrated’ courses; the Library Association should withdraw from examining, but should retain control of the Register, insisting on a much longer ‘probationary’ period between the passing of the examination and admission to the Register.
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