The Atlas of New Librarianship

The Atlas of New Librarianship

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An essential guide to a librarianship based not on books and artifacts but on knowledge and learning.

Libraries have existed for millennia, but today the library field is searching for solid footing in an increasingly fragmented (and increasingly digital) information environment. What is librarianship when it is unmoored from cataloging, books, buildings, and committees? In The Atlas of New Librarianship , R. David Lankes offers a guide to this new landscape for practitioners. He describes a new librarianship based not on books and artifacts but on knowledge and learning; and he suggests a new mission for librarians: to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. The vision for a new librarianship must go beyond finding library-related uses for information technology and the Internet; it must provide a durable foundation for the field. Lankes recasts librarianship and library practice using the fundamental concept that knowledge is created though conversation. New librarians approach their work as facilitators of conversation; they seek to enrich, capture, store, and disseminate the conversations of their communities. To help librarians navigate this new terrain, Lankes offers a map, a visual representation of the field that can guide explorations of it; more than 140 Agreements, statements about librarianship that range from relevant theories to examples of practice; and Threads, arrangements of Agreements to explain key ideas, covering such topics as conceptual foundations and skills and values. Agreement Supplements at the end of the book offer expanded discussions. Although it touches on theory as well as practice, the Atlas is meant to be a tool: textbook, conversation guide, platform for social networking, and call to action.

Copublished with the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780262015097
Branch Call Number: 020.1 LAN 2011 22
Characteristics: xv, 408 p. : col. ill


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shawi Feb 20, 2014

The books style might be pretentious, but Lankes is getting people to talk about these ideas. A lot of people don't like the presentation, but the Atlas provides a good introduction in an in-your-face style that forces people to think.

Sep 09, 2013

I know this book is getting much buzz in the library/library science world..but I found the atlas style pretentious. Pick up some good books on community development and media democracy, and you will learn more.

Jun 26, 2012

This is a great refresher on Lankes' course material! It is really great that his enthusiasm is noted in his writing and is as vibrant as his lectures. It is a great resource to information system managers, librarians, archivists, and to the general researcher population. It does take a bit longer then 3 weeks to work through. I will have to check it out a few more times.

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