Librarianship--quo Vadis?: Opportunities and Dangers as We Face the New Millennium
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
Look at All Those Beautiful Birds Overhead
Out of Focus
For Better or Worse
Fight the Real Enemy
A Humble Proposal
Where Do We Go from Here?
What Do We Give Em? And Who Are Em?
Important Yes Crucial?
Access Vs Ownership
Do We Want to Be Knowledge Workers?
Broadening Our SelfImage
A Bright FutureFor Us?
Economic and Political Issues in Determining the Future of the Professionally Managed Library Over the Next Ten Years
A Monolithic Sense of Purpose
Inbreeding in Libraries
Public Libraries Have Diverse Wants
The Legacy of John Swan
The Freedom to Lie
The Final Swan Publication
Upholding Our SelfRighteousness
Small Public LibrariesChallenges Opportunities and Irrelevancies
Smaller Is More Important?
Librarians Determine Librarianship
Cheaper Certainly Isnt Better
Libraries Begin with Librarians
Lead Me Not into Temptation to Do Good
Making a Choice
Step Aside Librarians
What Do We Know About Literacy?
Were Better at Caring Than at Getting Others to Care
Depend on Drucker
So Lets Play Hardball
The Politics of Reinventing Government Libraries
Fairy Tales from the Wonderful World of Library Politics
User Satisfaction Isnt Money
Raising Citizens Expectations
No Relief in San Francisco
Is Anyone Still Training the Circus Animals?
Technologys Giddy Promise
And Now Onto the Highway
A Fancy Name for Reference Work
A Fancy Name for Reference Work
Academicians and Reference
End User Searching Inevitable?
Librarians Should Know Better
Library Studies or Information ManagementWhats in a Name?
The Berkeley Debacle
Is It a Library?
Diluting the L Word
Preparing for Library Work
Technology in LibrariesA Continuous Process
Educating for the Now and Future Profession
The Whims of Educators
Students First Need a Job
Our Unpredictable Future
The SelfConfident Librarian
The Cost of Knowledge and the Cost of Ignorance
Not Free But Valuable
Who Pays Tapper or Tappee?
Tell the Truth About Costs
How Many Priorities Are We Allowed to HaveAnd Who Sets Them?
DOEs SelfServing Choice
Getting Trapped by the Shell Game
Its Only Words
Block Grants Wont Cut It
Never Mind Being Innovative and EffectiveJust Be Nice
A Stubborn Search for Conformity
Dont Investigate Just Apologize?
Change Comes from Annoying Individuals
Smearing with a Broad Brush
Elitism Is a Broad Term
The Ugliness of the Team
Diversity Is Essential
Crucial Important Trivial or NonExistent?
We Need to Define Some Terms
What Do We Mean by Unity?
Libraries Promoting Unity
The Search for Terminology
Blaming the VictimThe Academic Library Version
The Perilous But Also Opportune Future for Special Librarians
Searching for Cost Savings
Death and Downsizing
Managing Within ChangeOr Helping to Shape the Management of Change
The Politics of Reinventing Special Libraries Introduction
The Financial Impact of End User Searching
Too Much Information Too Many Diversions
Equal Access to Information
Some Disturbing News
Our Strategy for Saving Libraries Add Water to the Thin Soup
The Quality of Reference
Be Nice to Paraprofessionals
Traditional Leaders Nothing
Focusing on the Trivial Is Certainly More Fun
Its Easier to Go National
Subsumed by Special Interests
Meeting in Comfort
Selecting Conference Sites for ALA
Holding Us Hostage
Chicago Always Chicago
Research Library Directors and the Squandered Opportunity to Lead
The Search for the Holy Grail
No Free Time
Research Outranks Teaching
Adapting Commercial Strategies to Managing Government Libraries
Our Failure to Seek Much Less Achieve Funding and Management Support
What Must We Do?
Doing More with Less? If We Can Do It Now Why Were We Goofing Off Before?
Marketing As a Tool for Destabilization
Libraries Now AntiAdvertise
Hammering at Public Perception
Dont Even Think About It
Stress What Isnt Happening
Fourth International Conference on Fee Based Information Services in Libraries
To Our Bosses Our Staff and Our Profession
Local Visions Devils Bargain
Library Students As Locals
The Passion to Be in Fashion
Information Is a Means to an End
The New Information Flood
Are We Knowledge Workers?
Who Will Lead the Unsuspecting Lemmings Over the Cliff?
Should Leaders Want to Be Managers and Give Up All That Freedom?
Leadership Is Different
Leadership Isnt Easy
Turning Leaders Into Managers
The Endless Carousel
How to Evaluate
Embarking on the Information Superhighway While Downsizing and Outsourcing Libraries
Dangerous Misconceptions About Organizational Development of Virtual Libraries
The Impact of the Virtual Library on Us
The Impact of the Virtual Library on University Administrators and Budgets
The Impact of the Virtual Library on Our Faculty Colleagues
Summary and Conclusions
What Is a Professional in Our Field?
Getting the Right Staff Mix
Librarians As Clerks
Will Credentials Help?
Is There a Surplus of Librarians?
What Professionals Do
Protecting Our Turf
CostEffectiveness or Shell Game?
The Advent of Downsizing
Its Even Worse at Libraries
When the Public Is Fed Up
Structuring an Environment Conducive to Learning
Library Managers Must Really Lead
Looking Dumbly at Ourselves
Making Myself Heard
Gadflies Need Apply
Tools or Toys?
Technology and Its Limits
Fitting Faculty to Curriculum
Claiming Our Territory
The Changes in OffCampus Education
Expansion Without Funding
Distance Education Expands
Practitioners Looking In?
What to Evaluate and What to Reward
Competition Leads to Results
Fairness Not Egalitarianism
Technology and the Pressures and Opportunities for Document Delivery
Public Library Reference ServiceExpectations and Reality
Knowing Whom to Blame
Two Possible Tactics
Which Is the Tail and Which Is the Dog?
Why Outsourcing Happens and What to Do About It
When Outsourcing Pays
Beat Them by Joining Them
Authority Responsibility and Delegation in Public Libraries
We Need Contracts
Punting the Problem
Is Our Mission One of Providing Only Information or Providing Knowledge?
Where Is This Profession Heading?
What Is Our Unique Role?
Libraries Not Information
ALA Ignores Librarians
Letting Our Bosses Know
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