Perspectives, Insights, & Priorities: 17 Leaders Speak Freely of Librarianship by Norman HorrocksPerspectives, Insights, & Priorities: 17 Leaders Speak Freely of Librarianship by Norman Horrocks

Perspectives, Insights, & Priorities: 17 Leaders Speak Freely of Librarianship

EditorNorman Horrocks

Paperback | June 9, 2005

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This extraordinary book defines and describes librarianship and library science through insightful and thoughtful essays contributed by 17 recognized leaders of the profession. While each essay presents a distinct perspective and approach, collectively they paint a picture of a humane and human profession central to and concerned with the cultural, social, political, and intellectual underpinnings of civilization. Often challenging and provocative, often moving, always engaging, the essays reflect a diverse and complex profession and the values, beliefs, practices, and philosophies that make it unique and vital. The essays take a variety of approaches: historical analysis, personal recollection, career review, political or social commentary, intellectual or philosophical musings, and short and long-term forecasting. Even when the essays address issues of a practical nature, they raise issues of concern in a broader context. The role of libraries in a democratic society is examined through the historical perspective of the Boston Mandate of 1852, the most recent US presidential election, and the current strain of censorship and intellectual freedom battles. What is the proper role of libraries as social organizations advocating societal reform and working toward the common weal? What is the role of government and politics in the profession? What is the responsibility and role of the library in determining or advocating public policy? If, as one essay elegantly and persuasively argues, our professional concern should center not on information or fact, but on truth, can we avoid political action and political repercussion? These are weighty issues addressed not only with passion, but also with a freedom and honesty seldom encountered. This is a powerful and important book that should be read by every librarian, every library student, every public official, indeed, every citizen concerned with his or her community.
Norman Horrocks is Professor Emeritus, School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Editorial Consultant and Series Editor for Scarecrow Press, and Contributing Editor for "Library Journal". He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK) and an As...
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Title:Perspectives, Insights, & Priorities: 17 Leaders Speak Freely of LibrarianshipFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 8.92 × 6.6 × 0.49 inPublished:June 9, 2005Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810853558

ISBN - 13:9780810853553

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 From Oral Tradition to Electronic: Accessing and Disseminating Information Part 3 The Library Professional Part 4 Election 2004: The Library Fails Again Part 5 Reflections on Librarianship: Values, Ethics, and Practice Part 6 Serving Young Adults in Libraries: A Professional Life's Work Part 7 Libraries: The Best Public Value Part 8 A Virtuous Profession Part 9 Librarians: Our Reach is Global and Our Touch is Local Part 10 Library Values in a Changing World Part 11 Librarianship: Intersecting Perspectives for the Academy and from the Field Part 12 Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: A Personal View of Librarianship Part 13 The Fog of My Career: Some Reflections and Lessons Learned Part 14 Social Justice as a Context for a Career in Librarianship Part 15 Philosophy Begins in Wonder and Ends in Performance Part 16 Reflections on a Passion Part 17 Why Do Libraries Matter in the 21st Century? Part 18 The More Things Chance, The More Things Remain the Same Part 19 About the Contributors

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Horrocks (emeritus, School of Library and Information Sciences, Dalhousie U., Canada) presents 17 essays in which professional librarians reflect on librarianship and library science in terms of their own experiences with the field. Contributors touch on a diversity of subjects, including the implications of the 2004 US presidential election on libraries, the values and ethics of librarianship, social justice as a context for a career in librarianship, the history of accessing and disseminating information from the oral tradition to the present, and the changing role of the library in the 21st century.