The Atlas of New Librarianship

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Overview

Libraries have existed for millennia, but today the library field is searching for solid footing in an increasingly fragmented (and increasingly digital) information environment. What is librarianship when it is unmoored from cataloging, books, buildings, and committees? In The Atlas of New Librarianship, R. David Lankes offers a guide to this new landscape for practitioners. He describes a new librarianship based not on books and artifacts but on knowledge and learning; and he suggests a new mission for librarians: to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. The vision for a new librarianship must go beyond finding library-related uses for information technology and the Internet; it must provide a durable foundation for the field.

Lankes recasts librarianship and library practice using the fundamental concept that knowledge is created though conversation. New librarians approach their work as facilitators of conversation;they seek to enrich, capture, store, and disseminate the conversations of their communities. To help librarians navigate this new terrain, Lankes offers a map, a visual representation of the field that can guide explorations of it; more than 140 Agreements, statements about librarianship that range from relevant theories to examples of practice; and Threads, arrangements of Agreements to explain key ideas, covering such topics as conceptual foundations and skills and values. AgreementSupplements at the end of the book offer expanded discussions. Although it touches on theory as well as practice, the Atlas is meant to be a tool: textbook, conversation guide, platform for social networking, and call to action.Copublished with the Association of College & ResearchLibraries.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[T]he text covers such a vast array of pertinent subjects that almost any reader…may find a few topics of personal interest." — TheFuturist

"Deep thinking, beyond brands, down to the core concepts and competencies that define librarianship. Lankes creates thoroughly described verbal and visual explanations of the relationships between the many disparate parts that make up our professional whole." —Jessamyn West , community technology librarian, blogger, and creator of librarian.net

"The Atlas is not a book; it is a manifesto, a set of principles and convictions aimed at shaking new life and belief into a field that too often fears for its own future. Read it and be prepared to act." — Andrew Dillon , Dean and Louis T.

Yule Regents Professor of Information, School of Information, University of Texas atAustin

Library Journal
Lankes asserts, "The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities," initiating a vital conversation about librarianship and its future. He builds this conversation using an atlas, or topical mapping, to engage librarians in exploring their profession, their mission, and their future. Encouraging an understanding of why we do things and not just how, he expands on the theoretical framework of 20th-century librarianship (e.g., theories of information and user-centered design), combining those perspectives with theoretical frameworks being applied in other disciplines, e.g., education and the social sciences. Grounding the atlas in the why of librarianship, Lankes argues that libraries serve not only as repositories providing access to information but as fertile ground for actively using collections, resources, and information to create knowledge and foster learning via ongoing conversations with our communities. He invites librarians to expand librarianship beyond the support of information seeking, access, and literacy and toward participation in and co-ownership of a community's knowledge-creation processes. Exploring outside the boundaries of limiting functional definitions of librarianship, Lankes argues that the "very definition of our field, its perception, and its ultimate effect are in…our hands." VERDICT Essential for all librarians wanting to evolve and continue to serve their communities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262015097
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/4/2011
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 705,264
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

R. David Lankes is Associate Professor in Syracuse University's School of Information Studies and Director of the Library and Information Science Program there.

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