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Introduction
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Personal development or self-development is a complex subject; different aspects of it are discussed in various behavioural science texts. The purpose of this book is to define personal development in the context of the information and library profession, whilst not losing sight of the need to view it in a wider organisational setting. Therefore references are made throughout to the detailed reading essential to a broader understanding of the subject. The importance of seeing the library and information service (LIS) as an integral part of the organisation is also emphasised, as is the increasingly broadening role of the librarian or information manager. The book also discusses what personal development can contribute to the respective performances of the individual, the information service and the organisation.