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As librarianship expands, the basic questions of librarianship as a profession benefit from more sophisticated discussions found in such works as Michael Winters The Culture and Control of Expertise. He begins with an excellent analysis of theMoreAs librarianship expands, the basic questions of librarianship as a profession benefit from more sophisticated discussions found in such works as Michael Winters The Culture and Control of Expertise. He begins with an excellent analysis of the rise of modern professions and the extended historical debate over librarianship as a profession. . . . Winters intriguing, if sometimes too complex, discussion of these theories of the sociology of professionalism] and their application to librarianship ultimately leads him to suggest a composite model that does help establish a general framework for intelligent thinking about who we are and what we do. In a thoughtful concluding chapter Winter suggests further areas of possible research into librarianship as an occupation that deserve our careful attention. Above all Winter is to be congratulated for having breathed new life into what was a tired old topic. Wilson Library BulletinThis volume is intended to change the way librarians think about their work, and indirectly, the way they work. Challenging some dominant modes of thinking, it offers an in-depth examination of the social theory of industrial society, the nature and development of librarianship, and how the sociological study of professions and occupations can be used to understand librarianship. Winter provides schematic models to help in understanding the relevance of different approaches to the professionalization process. He uses a composite model to illustrate an appropriate strategy for understanding how the professionalization process applies to librarianship.