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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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Monday’s Improving Society Question

Lankes describes innovation as being “at the heart of librarianship.” If you were working in a library that seemed overly averse to taking risks or testing new ideas, how might you sway them to instead value and promote an innovative … Continue reading

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Tuesday’s Improving Society Question

On the topic of leadership, Lankes suggests that librarians are obligated to accept larger administrative responsibilities because they will ultimately serve their mission and communities in a better way. However, this exposes two potential problems: capability and will. While most … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Improving Society Question

The book says, “We don’t shelve books and change toner cartridges – we maintain an infrastructure for social action. We don’t reference resources and catalog artifacts – we teach and inspire.” In reality, we do shelve books and catalog artifacts… … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Improving Society Question

On page 129, Dave talks about libraries and agenda, and having a clear purpose in mind. From my own experience working in a public library, I can say that many people who use the library see it as simply being … Continue reading

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