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Librarians: qualified but still misunderstood

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The article 'What's my line?' (AJ, 29.1.04, pages 44-45) by Austin Williams continues the myth that anyone can run an architectural library. Ironically, after commenting that the job is not really understood, the author endorses the services offered by a selftaught librarian who was 'enthused' by her mother, another amateur librarian, and decided to follow in her footsteps.

He states 'there are no architectural librarianship qualifications' - this is as fatuous as saying there are no qualifications in library architecture. There are qualifications in librarianship, just as there are in architecture: who would want to employ a self-taught, unqualified architect?

Diana Wyndham, ALAA, BA, M Lib, PhD, librarian, Bovis Lend Lease, Sydney, Australia

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