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In the Library with the Lead Pipe

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-8-2012

Subjects

Library science -- Philosophy, Academic librarians, Libraries and community

Abstract

The library community should develop a philosophy of librarianship. In order to do so the community should engage in a dialogue about what we do and why we do it. Our history with the idea of a philosophy of librarianship is long, yet the library community hasn’t resolved the problem of what that philosophy (or philosophies) should be. Engaging in a reflective and philosophically-based practice of librarianship (a praxis of librarianship), one that frames decision-making and library work with the question: “what we do and why we do it?” will enable the library community to have successful conversations with those they serve. As a result, librarians will be invited to participate in important community decision-making efforts, and be able to further impact communities.

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In the Library with the Lead Pipe http://inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2012/what-do-we-do-and-why-do-we-do-it/

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http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/10940

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