A Look at the Professional Associations of Information Professionals: An Evaluation of the Examples of TKD and UNAK


TURKISH LIBRARIANSHIP, vol.27, no.2, pp.340-360, 2013 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.340-360
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Associations in the field of librarianship are important services for supporting professional and scientific developments, keeping and promoting rights, increasing social activities, and developing social awareness. As professional associations, the TKD (Turk Kutuphaneciler Dernegi, the Turkish Librarians Association) and UNAK (Universite ve Arastirma Kutuphanecileri Dernegi, the University and Research Librarians Association) are well-established in Turkey. Within this framework, the study evaluates certain activities of the TKD and UNAK from the point of view of information professionals. In this context, a survey was developed and realized on KUTUP-L and UNAK-List, and 175 response forms were evaluated. The results show that the following are among the most important for associations' activities: developing professional activities, creating social awareness, activities for lobbying and consciousness of membership, and cooperation. In addition, the results suggest that professionals should be more active in the work of the associations.