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Self-Examination: The Present and Future of Librarianship (Beta Phi Mu Monograph Series) Paperback – 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1591585916 ISBN-10: 1591585910 Edition: 1st
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Editorial Reviews


". . . presents a good history and current challenges for the profession to consider."


Public Services Quarterly

"Budd, whose earlier Knowledge and Knowing in Library and Information Science: A Philosophical Framework won the 2002 Highsmith Library Literature award, continues his philosophical discourse. Viewing an absence of reflection as a shortcoming in librarianship, these seven chapters provide opportunities and suggestions for reflection, with consciousness of purpose serving as the basis for reflection. Citing works by Jesse Shera, Pierce Butler, and Michael Gorman as well as Aristotle, Hobbes, Habermas, Foucault, Kant, and other philosophers, Budd examines both the epistemology and phenomenology of librarianship, exploring ethics, democracy, intellectual freedom, social responsibility, the information society, and place and identity. The major question Budd asks is, Should social epistemology and discourse ethics inform our practice? It is left for the profession to answer."


Library Journal

"There is so much material contained within these chapters, spot on and controversial."


Info Career Trends

"It's easy to get lost in the day-to-day activities of our jobs, but Budd's thought-provoking book challenges us to reflect more deeply on what we do and why."


American Libraries

"Self-Examination proceeds chapter by chapter across the broadest possible themes for our times: professional ethics, intellectual freedom, democracy, the education of librarians, and so on. . . . Budd demands 21st-century librarians to look at themselves in the proverbial mirror and to question a profession where there are often no questions, no counterpoints."


College & Research Libraries

"All in all, I found Self-Examination to be a valuable source of inspiration and reflection. In my daily work, I am definitely caught up in everyday issues and usually don't pause to reflect on how these relate to the core values and beliefs of librarianship. . . [R]eading Self-Examination encouraged me to think about [core values and beliefs] more deeply than I have in a long while; this brought me back to the fundamental reasons I became a librarian in the first place: the value of information and knowledge and the rewards of helping people find and use it."


Information Today

"While this book should be read by all library and information professionals, it is far more important that we begin the difficult and continual process of dialogue on the issues and topics that it raises. This book would also serve as a first-rate text for many library and information science courses, particularly those serving as overviews to the profession. The extensive reference list of well over 300 citations provides an excellent entree into the topics and issues discussed."


Library & Information Science Research

"The sections on library history and education . . . are both interestingly written and illuminating. . . . there is a great deal in this book for the reader who takes the profession seriously and is interested in the theories and philosophies that underpin it. . ."


The Australian Library Journal

"Budd. . . brings a wealth of intellectual (philosophy, ethics, politics, communication) stuff to bear on the issues, argues that such things should be more used, and asks some very pertinent questions – of policy and identity, purpose and neutrality – that all libraries should ask (of themselves and their stakeholders, from consumer to citizen, from community to government). . . . the journey he takes us on is thoroughly worthwhile."


Journal of Librarianship and Information Science

"…Budd's study of Self-Examination is radical, thought provoking and challenging. For any librarian serious about where they and their profession are going this is an excellent resource that will provoke both thought and action."


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Book Description

Evolution happens, but the evolution of librarianship should be intentional, guided by professionals who are cognizant of and sensitive to the world in which librarianship exists.


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Product Details

  • Series: Beta Phi Mu Monograph Series (Book 1041)
  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited; 1 edition (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591585910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591585916
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,835,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kathleen on March 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
College and Research Libraries [v. 69 no. 4 July 2008] called John Budd's monograph " a rousing elbow into the ribs of a profession."
I think this is a much needed book for librarians to read.
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