Canadian Journal of Library and Information Science
This paper continues a series exploring the perceptions of students entering university about the roles of librarians as well as other occupations by examining the role of professionalism in perceptions of occupations. A model of professionalism developed by Elizabeth Graddy that focuses on the informational relationship between the professional service provider and those who receive the service, rather than on internal characteristics of the field of the service, is tested. While Graddy's focus on the relationships between occupations and the public, rather than on conditions within various professions, is reinforced as predicting an occupation's ability to meet the challenges of a changing society, the data from this study demonstrate more predictive variables than those identified by Graddy. A more complex view of the future of librarian ship is emerging.