A global view of library associations for students and new librarians
Purpose ? To guide students' thinking about joining professional associations. Design/methodology/approach ? A few representative professional organizations are explored. Aspects such as organizational structure, history, culture, professional focus, and size are discussed. Findings ? Many more professional associations exist and encourage student participation than most students are aware of when they enter the profession. Practical implications ? Students can compare professional associations to find those most suited to their professional interests. These may not be the most local or well known national organizations. Originality/value ? This is an attempt to help students recognize that professional organizations exist regardless of their niche interest, and despite the larger and more general associations that may be given local emphasis.
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