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Our Enduring Values: Librarianship in the 21st Century

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"Gorman's writing is, as always, thoughtful, interesting, and stimulating. The ideas he so eloquently describes are inspirational and remind us of the values that should underlie and inform both strategic planning and day-to-day decisions." --Serials Review

About the Author

Michael E. Gorman, PhD, is a professor at the University of Virginia, where he has taught such classes as "Scientific and Technological Thinking" and "Social Implications of Nanotechnology." From 2000-2003, he was Chair of the Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication. He is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Psychology of Science and Technology.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Library Assn Editions (June 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0838907857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0838907856
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,783,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the last century, we have seen a revolution in thinking, the move from virtues to values. The Victorians lived in a world where virtues such as honesty, modesty, faithfulness, kindness, patience, and self-control defined people. In the Victorian world, professions were not defined merely by professional knowledge, but also by common set of absolute virtues. For example bankers and stock brokers were expected to be honest as well as able to add. In our time, the majority of persons have adopted the view that people can have differing sets of relative values instead of a common set of virtues.
The "values revolution" rejected virtues and thus left the professions such as librarianship with the problem of what to substitute for them. The American Library Association is attempting to substitute values for virtues. The questions then comes: what values? How do we define and practice them? How do these values fit into the present context of libraries? Michael Gorman, one of the world's leading library thinkers, has attempted to address these and other important questions in Our Enduring Values.
He begins by defining values as beliefs that are enduring preferences relating to the means and ends of the profession (p.6). When he attempts to give criteria for whether values are good or bad, he fails (p.8). Mr. Gorman's method is to derive the values from writers on the philosophy of librarianship. He than discusses the importance of libraries as institutions and physical locations. The chapter titles list his important values as stewardship, service, intellectual freedom, rationalism, literacy and learning, equity of access, privacy and democracy.
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Those who are fed up with quantitative benchmarks, can now turn around and see why our quantification and stats dont matter much.

A reviewer of this book has already said what I think on this approach of our profession:
[John Allen Delivuk - In the last century, we have seen a revolution in thinking, the move from virtues to values. The Victorians lived in a world where virtues such as honesty, modesty, faithfulness, kindness, patience, and self-control defined people. In the Victorian world, professions were not defined merely by professional knowledge, but also by common set of absolute virtues.]

See my listmania for more content that adds values / ethics / morality as a component of the LIS education
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By A Customer on January 28, 2001
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This book is a must read for anyone who loves libraries and is concerned about reading in our digital age.
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Let's face it, not all reviews are going to be written by people that know the author, or will give him the benefit of the doubt. We had to read this for a library information science class, and most of my peers hated it. I showed it to my boss at our library and she thought it was ridiculous. The author says the same thing over and over, in what could have been a 20 page essay. I recommend looking elsewhere.
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