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Librarians: Closing Post

Thank you for your participation in the Librarianship thread.  Our thread aimed to highlight new directions and dilemmas that we as librarians will most likely face.  The results of this weeks discussion leave us with the following reflections:  In the … Continue reading

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Librarians: Saturday’s Question

As new LIS students, many of us feel eager and excited to enter the career of Librarianship amidst great uncertainties and change for the profession.  Our lack of investment in traditional libraries may make it easier for us to adapt to … Continue reading

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Librarians: Friday’s Question

On page 159, Professor Lankes describes how a public library reached out to the local (Syracuse) community by interacting with a children’s hospital. In this way, they were reaching out to their community in a unique way. How does collections … Continue reading

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Librarians: Thursday’s Question

David Lankes wrote, “Rather than cataloging artifacts and assuming they are self-contained, we need to build systems that focus on the relationships.”  This quote proposes the idea of building catalogs which are functionally different from what we see in libraries … Continue reading

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Librarians: Wednesday’s Question

Also, in addressing the discourse of “Public Service,” Dr. Lankes illustrates the Reference Librarian as an active facilitator of the patron’s general knowledge and not simply an agent that “[provides] the member with a pointer” (pp. 155).  Specifically, he make … Continue reading

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Librarians: Tuesday’s Question

In the Librarian thread, Dave talks about the role of new librarianship in relation to the notion of public service. He suggest that new librarianship is not about artifacts; its about facilitation. Artifacts are no longer the primary focus of … Continue reading

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Librarians: Monday’s Question

“The real debate, and it is sure to be vicious, will come from within our own ranks. It will be from the annoyed librarians of the world who seeks the status quo and see their mission as recorded knowledge, the … Continue reading

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Librarians: Introduction

Welcome to the last week of discussion! This week we will be discussing the “Librarians” thread.  In particular we will be analyzing the future role of librarians as they seek to advance their mission in different ways. Our format will … Continue reading

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Improving Society: Closing Summary

Thank you everyone, for a week of really great discussions. Although we may have different ideas on how, where, or when librarians should work to improve society, it seems that we can at least agree that that is part of … Continue reading

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Improving Society Thread

Welcome to a new week of discussion! This time around we will be tackling the “Improving Society” thread. We’ll debate some controversial topics like promoting innovation in an environment that is adverse to change, whether or not social action actually … Continue reading

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