The Consultant's role in library development

The IFLA section on library theory and research has been discussing the part played by consultants in the development of libraries during the 46th annual conference held in Manila en 1980. This article gives a summary of the paper presented at the conference and of ensuing discussions. Several points are listed : what is a consultant ? Which situation calls for the recruitement of a consultant ? Required qualification. Conditions of recruitement. The paper also includes the recommandations of the American Library Association for the selection of consultants