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Perspectives, Insights and Priorities 17 Leaders Speak Freely of Librarianship by Norman Horrocks

Perspectives, Insights and Priorities 17 Leaders Speak Freely of Librarianship


Perspectives, Insights and Priorities 17 Leaders Speak Freely of Librarianship by Norman Horrocks

This collection brings together some of the premier minds of library and information science in North America to reflect on where the field has been, where it is now, and most importantly, where it is going in the new century. The diverse backgrounds and areas of specialization of the contributors creates a panoramic view of the library world, addressing such diverse topics as the library needs of children, library services on Native American reservations, and the status of current professional organizations. This volume serves to illuminate the past and forecast the future of one of the most integral social institutions in our society.


Your library should buy this book not only for the staff, but for the community. Australian Library Journal One of librarianship's preeminent statesmen, Norman Horrocks, recruited 17 library giants to share their thoughts about the profession. In Perspectives, Insights, and Priorities: 17 Leaders Speak Freely of Librarianship, Horrocks shares their essays on the past, present, and future of the field. Included among the contributors are Molly Raphael, who discusses why libraries still matter; Kathleen de la Pena McCook, who examines social justice as a context for a career in librarianship; and Ginnie Cooper, who expounds on why libraries are the best public value. American Libraries If you are getting gray hair, you will probably remember the time when your mother made you take cod liver oil every day during the winter just to make sure you were getting your vitamin D. Then that wonderful experience was replaced by the vitamin D milk we all drink. So, when you feel your spirits weighed down by the problems of the day and you need a shot of library vitamin D, try reading one of these brief essays, written by luminaries in the field, about the profession as a whole. Reading these essays is like inviting a keynote speaker to a professional conference and listening to a little philosophy mixed in with a challenge to action on some of the more global issues confronting libraries...Bottom line: Recommended for a 10-minute shot in the arm. Teacher Librarian Here is a gem of a book, a work of art, a mosaic of our profession at the cutting edge of the 21st Century...Perspectives, Insights, and Priorities: 17 Leaders Speak Freely of Librarianship is, for its panoramic scope and quality of excellence, a must read for students of Library and Information Science, a must-have for academic libraries, highly recommended for public libraries and for any librarian or paraprofessional seeking a deeper insight into the heart of librarianship at its best. Catholic Library World The timely publication of and the renowned authors in Perspectives, Insights & Priorities will greatly appeal to library students, while the immense diversity of topics and perfect balance of political fodder with inspirational passages will prove stimulating and reaffirming for all librarians. Information & Culture Edited by the legendary Horrocks, this collection is recommended for library schools and professional collections. Library Journal worthwhile essays for public librarians. Public Libraries Horrocks (emeritus, School of Library and Information Sciences, Dalhousie U., Canada) presents 17 essays in which professional librarians reflect on librarianship and library science in terms of their own experiences with the field. Contributors touch on a diversity of subjects, including the implications of the 2004 US presidential election on libraries, the values and ethics of librarianship, social justice as a context for a career in librarianship, the history of accessing and disseminating information from the oral tradition to the present, and the changing role of the library in the 21st century. Reference and Research Book News

About the Author

Norman Horrocks is Professor Emeritus, School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Editorial Consultant and Series Editor for Scarecrow Press, and Contributing Editor for Library Journal . He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK) and an Associate of the Library Association of Australia. In 2004, he was awarded Honorary Membership in the American Library Association, the association's highest award.

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Publication date

9th June 2005


Norman Horrocks

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Scarecrow Press


152 pages


Library & information sciences



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