Self-examination: The Present and Future of Librarianship

Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008 - 281 páginas
What makes us librarians? What is it we do that is indispensable? John Budd joins an august group of library-science luminaries, such as Pierce Butler, Jesse Shera, and Michael Gorman, whose works and example invite professional and critical self-examination. Here, Budd challenges us to confront the uneasy truth of whether libraries still represent people's will and intellect, or the cabalistic enclaves of an old guard? Through intellectually rich and engaging entrees into ethics, democracy, social responsibility, governance, and globalization, he makes the case that librarians who fail to grasp the importance of their heritage will never truly respond to societal change or the needs of the individual user. Evolution happens, but the evolution of librarianship should be intentional, guided by professionals who are cognizant of and sensitive to the world in which librarianship exists. -- Back cover.

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Self-Examination: The Present and Future of Librarianship (Beta Phi Mu Monograph Series)

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Budd, whose earlier Knowledge and Knowing in Library and Information Science: A Philosophical Framework won the 2002 Highsmith Library Literature award, continues his philosophical discourse. Viewing ... Ler resenha completa


Chapter 1 Genealogy of the Profession
Chapter 2 Place and Identity
Chapter 3 Being Informed about Informing
Chapter 4 Whats the Right Thing to Do?
Chapter 5 In a Democracy
Chapter 6 The Information Society
Chapter 7 Optimistic Synthesis
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