Librarywebbie makes the interesting point that librarians have been left out of the recent NHS recruitment campaign on TV and wonders if CILIP should be doing anything about it.
On a vaguely related note, CILIP have released a report (summary available to non-members in yacky pdf) profiling their membership following a survey and includes a section on what CILIP members would like CILIP to do to “improve their professional standing” which came out as:
- Pay and grading issues (25%)
- Recognition of librarianship as a profession (20%)
- Image of librarians (9%)
- Chartership issues (7%)
- CILIP to be more proactive (7%)
- Advertising of low paid jobs (6% though surely the same as item 1)
- Professionalism (5% and I’m not sure precisely what is meant)
- Training (4%)
- Other (17% presumably)
I’ll be interested to see if anything comes of this, especially with regard to the high demand for action on pay and grading issues.