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By R. David Lankes

Even if libraries have existed for millennia, this day the library box is looking for strong footing in an more and more fragmented (and more and more electronic) details setting. what's librarianship while it really is unmoored from cataloging, books, constructions, and committees? it is a advisor for practitioners the place a brand new librarianship is defined. This new librarianship relies now not on books and artifacts yet on Read more...

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2 It is a document that lists functions with no explicit declaration of worldview (although it is clearly based on one that is strongly artifact-centric). The keen reader is quick to point out that, although the worldview behind the functions may be different, the average users of these functions may not be able to tell the difference. If there is no functional difference, then why does worldview matter (or at least a worldview that seeks to go beyond following the landmarks of the search engines and such)?

The library had identified an underutilized storage space and turned it over to researchers funded by the foundation. The researchers went about designing the space to be open, collaborative, and infused with technology. ” The researchers were dumbfounded. The library didn’t need the space for collections, and the researchers felt that a lot of shelving would deaden the space they envisioned. In a state of confusion, they asked me what was going on. My short answer was that the foundation researchers had run smack into a materials-centered librarian worldview.

Since ancient times, this type of navigation was based on the concepts of latitude and landmarks. Latitude is the measure of one’s relative position north and south on the Earth. In modern times, it is defined by how far you are from the equator. Early sailors determined their latitude by the use of landmarks. Seeing a certain cliff wall or a certain lighthouse on the shore would determine their location along the coast. Later sailors could use the stars and star charts to determine their north and south location.

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