Professional training and universities: convergences and redundancies

The appearance and development of professional training courses in universities in the areas of the book, of libraries, of information and of documentation lead one to question the concept of training as the responsibility of, and controlled by, the professional sector. A review of current training of library personnel in categories A and B appears to show that the points of convergence between these two types of training remain very limited and have not been reached without some difficulty. On the other hand, training courses that are established in a specific, extra-university context make up by far the most important part of training aimed at these members of staff. Thus there still exists only a partial convergence between these two types of training.