Interrogating professionalism: professional behaviours through a critical lens

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationTeaching


In this session, I intend to explore and share my perspective and experiences of professional behaviours as a working class cis-male and first-generation entrant into a 'professional' occupation. Viewing professionalism as an unwritten but widely-recognised set of behavioural standards that library workers and workplaces expect and enforce, I will invite attendees to reflect and discuss what behaviours and practices they define as professional/unprofessional, what values and assumptions underpin ideas of professionalism and how those standards are enforced in their workplaces. Finally, I will invite attendees to contribute their own thoughts, experiences and advice for library workers for whom professionalism can be a problematic and contested experience.
Period5 May 2021
Event titleCritical Approaches to Libraries Conference 2021: Conference on critical practice in libraries.
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Critical Practice
  • Professionalism
  • Professional identity