“Paraprofessional is a generic term and may refer to any and many professions, such as paraprofessional legal assistant. We lose the sense of the profession when we shorten it. By using paralibrarian, the profession is clearly explained.” ~ Allison Sloan, LJ Paraprofessional of the Year, as reported by Library Journal's editorial "Not Yet Equal"
Paraprofessional legal assistant? Please say it ain't so.
As if there are not enough difficulties already trying to figure out the differences, if any, between the terms legal assistant and paralegal, now we have to deal with the word paraprofessional, which according to the Mirriam-Webster dictionary means "a trained aide who assists a professional person."
Does this definition bother anyone else? I consider myself to be a professional person, too.
What about "a trained professional person who assists and is supervised by another professional person with a more advanced degree in a specialty area?"
Seriously, how do you feel about paralibrarian? Do you want to be called a paralawyer?
Source: Library Journal