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Librarianship As Intellectual Craft

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Session Name: Librarianship as an Intellectual Craft

Session Facilitator: Jonathan Cope

Session Time: 11:40 am - 12:40 am

Session Location: Multipurpose Room


Session Notes

  • librarians scurrying around not really tackling things the way we should
  • what is information, what did it mean in the past, what does it mean now, what will it mean in 20 years
  • Patriot Act and librarians
  • we're afraid of jeopardizing funding or reputation by taking stands
  • craft: theoretical and applied aspect to that
  • access to information to have an informed public in a democratic society
  • two distinct trends in this conversation:
    • philosophical/conceptual background of librarianship as a profession
    • tendency to politicize our activies
  • but you can't come up with a philosophy of information without touching on political issues
  • if we could dispense with institutional politics, that would be great
  • trying to protect patron privacy puts us in an inherent political debate
  • If you look at why we believe in freedom of access to information, it's political in nature.
  • is library science a "science"?
  • the word science is unfortunate; we don't even rise the level of science in "political science"
    • we don't have training
  • Why is our professional not even slightly historically minded?
    • Jesse Shera bemoaned in 1960s lack of a philosophy of librarianship
    • Why is our profession not so willing to look into its own past?
  • Explore why we do the things we do
    • qualitative data instead of quantitative dataWe have to stand up and say what's important
  • The Darien Statement on the Library and Librarians
  • Public librarians not expected to present/publish. Academic librarians are expected to do so.
  • Brooklyn PL is trying to make ongoing learning a part of the day for staff. But there isn't yet a culture of that.
  • Benefit of training for keeping up.
  • Keeping up with x, y, z is not the end of it though. We should be more than just reactive.
  • To what extent is it reasonable to have a discussion about what is foundational in librarianship. Things are in flux.
  • Maybe what we need learning programs similar to 23 Things (which focuses on web 2.0 technologies) that focus on intellectual issues in librarianship. What venues/discussions are going on now that we can tap into?
  • We need to deinstitutionalize the conversations about foundations/fundamentals


addtional notes:

  • What is value/dangers of neutrality as library and information professionals?
  • shift from library as building to library as concept
  • librarians and libraries must have theoretical foundations to guide their relationships with their communities
  • libraries are undervalued whent hey are viewedas cultural rather than educational institutions
  • information behavior research provides some interesting critical spring boards into thinking critically about professional practice
  • need for more collaboration between academics in all departments, especially LIS, and practicing librarians
  • Do all library/patron relationships follow student/teacher model? Is the rigid role division outdated? Can we be tour guides rather than "teachers"?
  • Maybe there is value in considering librarianship and libraries as social constructs and questioning them the way academia/society questions other social constructions? Analogies to critical pedagogy and progressive educational theory.

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