Librarianship--quo Vadis?: Opportunities and Dangers as We Face the New Millennium (Google eBook)

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Libraries Unlimited, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 399 pages
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Librarians and libraries now face unprecedented challenges, risks, and opportunities. In his latest collection of articles and speeches, White focuses on the professional issues confronting librarians at a time of increased technological options-when simple information access can be easily and directly done by end users, but in which complex information access poses needs and concerns which the end user may not even recognize, let alone understand. Often delivered with wit, these insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries are intended to provoke serious thought, discussion, and ultimately, action. A must read for library and information science professionals and valuable supplementary reading for students of library and information science.

  

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Readers of LJ will be familiar with much of this sturdy volume, since it consists largely of the author's "White Papers" columns that appeared over the past five years. Also added are a number of ... Read full review

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Contents

Look at All Those Beautiful Birds Overhead
1
Out of Focus
2
For Better or Worse
3
Fight the Real Enemy
4
A Humble Proposal
7
Where Do We Go from Here?
10
What Do We Give Em? And Who Are Em?
11
Important Yes Crucial?
12
Access Vs Ownership
169
Fighting Back
170
Do We Want to Be Knowledge Workers?
173
Broadening Our SelfImage
174
SelfService Libraries
175
Nondiluted Quality
176
A Bright FutureFor Us?
177
Economic and Political Issues in Determining the Future of the Professionally Managed Library Over the Next Ten Years
179

A Monolithic Sense of Purpose
13
Inbreeding in Libraries
14
Public Libraries Have Diverse Wants
15
The Legacy of John Swan
17
The Freedom to Lie
18
The Final Swan Publication
19
Upholding Our SelfRighteousness
20
Small Public LibrariesChallenges Opportunities and Irrelevancies
21
Smaller Is More Important?
22
Librarians Determine Librarianship
23
Cheaper Certainly Isnt Better
24
Libraries Begin with Librarians
25
Lead Me Not into Temptation to Do Good
27
Making a Choice
28
Step Aside Librarians
29
What Do We Know About Literacy?
30
Avoiding Overcommitment
31
Were Better at Caring Than at Getting Others to Care
33
Depend on Drucker
34
SelfCorrecting Mechanism
35
So Lets Play Hardball
36
The Politics of Reinventing Government Libraries
39
Fairy Tales from the Wonderful World of Library Politics
53
User Satisfaction Isnt Money
54
Trivializing Ourselves
55
Raising Citizens Expectations
56
No Relief in San Francisco
57
Is Anyone Still Training the Circus Animals?
59
Technologys Giddy Promise
60
Communications Improvements
61
Communications Overkill
62
And Now Onto the Highway
63
A Fancy Name for Reference Work
65
A Fancy Name for Reference Work
66
Academicians and Reference
67
End User Searching Inevitable?
68
Librarians Should Know Better
69
Library Studies or Information ManagementWhats in a Name?
71
The Berkeley Debacle
72
Is It a Library?
73
Diluting the L Word
74
Preparing for Library Work
75
Technology in LibrariesA Continuous Process
77
Educating for the Now and Future Profession
83
The Whims of Educators
84
Students First Need a Job
85
Our Unpredictable Future
86
The SelfConfident Librarian
87
The Cost of Knowledge and the Cost of Ignorance
89
Not Free But Valuable
90
Who Pays Tapper or Tappee?
91
Tell the Truth About Costs
92
How Many Priorities Are We Allowed to HaveAnd Who Sets Them?
93
DOEs SelfServing Choice
94
Getting Trapped by the Shell Game
95
Its Only Words
96
Block Grants Wont Cut It
97
Never Mind Being Innovative and EffectiveJust Be Nice
99
A Stubborn Search for Conformity
100
Dont Investigate Just Apologize?
101
Change Comes from Annoying Individuals
102
Smearing with a Broad Brush
105
Elitism Is a Broad Term
106
The Ugliness of the Team
107
Diversity Is Essential
108
Crucial Important Trivial or NonExistent?
109
We Need to Define Some Terms
121
Integration
122
What Do We Mean by Unity?
123
Libraries Promoting Unity
124
The Search for Terminology
125
Blaming the VictimThe Academic Library Version
127
The Perilous But Also Opportune Future for Special Librarians
131
Searching for Cost Savings
132
Death and Downsizing
133
Closing Arguments
134
Managing Within ChangeOr Helping to Shape the Management of Change
137
The Politics of Reinventing Special Libraries Introduction
143
The Financial Impact of End User Searching
144
Too Much Information Too Many Diversions
145
Equal Access to Information
146
Some Disturbing News
147
Our Strategy for Saving Libraries Add Water to the Thin Soup
149
The Quality of Reference
150
Be Nice to Paraprofessionals
151
Information Cliffhanging
152
Traditional Leaders Nothing
153
Focusing on the Trivial Is Certainly More Fun
155
Its Easier to Go National
156
Subsumed by Special Interests
157
Meeting in Comfort
158
Correction
159
Selecting Conference Sites for ALA
161
Site Selection
162
Holding Us Hostage
163
Chicago Always Chicago
164
Research Library Directors and the Squandered Opportunity to Lead
167
Turf Wars
168
Book Review
189
The Search for the Holy Grail
193
Gaining Respect
194
No Free Time
195
Research Outranks Teaching
196
Adapting Commercial Strategies to Managing Government Libraries
199
Our Failure to Seek Much Less Achieve Funding and Management Support
205
And Yet
215
What Must We Do?
217
Notes
219
Doing More with Less? If We Can Do It Now Why Were We Goofing Off Before?
221
Marketing As a Tool for Destabilization
225
Libraries Now AntiAdvertise
226
Hammering at Public Perception
227
Dont Even Think About It
228
Stress What Isnt Happening
229
Fourth International Conference on Fee Based Information Services in Libraries
231
Notes
236
To Our Bosses Our Staff and Our Profession
237
Local Visions Devils Bargain
238
Library Students As Locals
239
Suffering Victims?
240
The Passion to Be in Fashion
241
Information Is a Means to an End
242
The New Information Flood
243
Are We Knowledge Workers?
244
Logical Selectors
245
Who Will Lead the Unsuspecting Lemmings Over the Cliff?
247
References
255
Should Leaders Want to Be Managers and Give Up All That Freedom?
257
Leadership Is Different
258
Leadership Isnt Easy
259
Turning Leaders Into Managers
260
The Endless Carousel
261
Evaluation Needed
262
How to Evaluate
263
Making Decisions
264
Embarking on the Information Superhighway While Downsizing and Outsourcing Libraries
267
Dangerous Misconceptions About Organizational Development of Virtual Libraries
271
The Impact of the Virtual Library on Us
274
The Impact of the Virtual Library on University Administrators and Budgets
276
The Impact of the Virtual Library on Our Faculty Colleagues
278
Summary and Conclusions
279
What Is a Professional in Our Field?
281
Getting the Right Staff Mix
282
Librarians As Clerks
283
Will Credentials Help?
284
Is There a Surplus of Librarians?
287
What Professionals Do
288
Protecting Our Turf
289
Redressing Shortfalls
290
CostEffectiveness or Shell Game?
293
Rational Outsourcing
294
The Advent of Downsizing
295
Its Even Worse at Libraries
296
When the Public Is Fed Up
297
Structuring an Environment Conducive to Learning
299
Library Managers Must Really Lead
313
Looking Dumbly at Ourselves
314
Making Myself Heard
315
Gadflies Need Apply
316
Tools or Toys?
319
Technology and Its Limits
320
Fitting Faculty to Curriculum
321
Claiming Our Territory
322
Book Review
323
The Changes in OffCampus Education
327
Expansion Without Funding
328
Distance Education Expands
329
Practitioners Looking In?
330
What to Evaluate and What to Reward
333
Competition Leads to Results
334
Improving Teamwork
335
Fairness Not Egalitarianism
336
Technology and the Pressures and Opportunities for Document Delivery
337
Public Library Reference ServiceExpectations and Reality
349
Whose Expectations?
350
Knowing Whom to Blame
351
Two Possible Tactics
352
Edmund Burke
355
Which Is the Tail and Which Is the Dog?
357
References
369
Why Outsourcing Happens and What to Do About It
371
When Outsourcing Pays
372
Beat Them by Joining Them
374
Authority Responsibility and Delegation in Public Libraries
377
We Need Contracts
378
Legislative Protection
379
Punting the Problem
380
Is Our Mission One of Providing Only Information or Providing Knowledge?
381
Where Is This Profession Heading?
389
What Is Our Unique Role?
390
Libraries Not Information
391
ALA Ignores Librarians
392
Letting Our Bosses Know
393
Index
395
About the Author
399
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HERBERT S. WHITE is Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, School of Library & Information Science, Indiana University, and Adjunct Professor, University of Arizona, Green Valley. He is the recipient of the ALA Melvil Dewey Award.

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