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close this bookGuidelines for the Management of Professional Associations in the Fields of Archives, Library and Information Work (UNESCO)
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For many years the General Information Programme of Unesco has produced guidelines and studies to help Member States develop national information systems, including libraries, information services and archives. The present document, which is part of this programme, aims at assisting in raising the profile of professional associations in the library, information science and documentation and archive fields with the objectives of making them more efficient and better managed. By doing so it is hoped that they will undertake stronger roles in the development in their countries of national library, archives and information services.

This document has been prepared under contract with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) by Russell Bowden, Chairman of the IFLA Round Table for the Management of Library Associations.

The document covers in detail, amongst other issues, the following: the elements that go to make up a professional association; the manner in which associations are governed; the way in which they are operated; the programmes and services that members expect to be supplied; the manner in which policies are formulated and the procedures for planning activities. The management of finances through accounting and budgeting procedures complete the document. It starts with an investigation into professionalism and explains its importance if workers in libraries, archives and information services are to improve their status and reputation and that of their professions.

The designations employed and the presentation of the material throughout the document do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of Unesco.

Readers are invited to send comments, suggestions or requests for additional copies to the Division of the General Information Programme, Unesco, 7, Place de Fontenoy, 75700 Paris, France.