Our Singular Strengths: Meditations for Librarians

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American Library Association, 1998 - 196 pagina's

Michael Gorman, one of librarianship's most accomplished and impassioned practitioners, is back. Drawing on his four decades of library experience, Gorman has written a thoughtful and humanizing book that not only reminds librarians why they chose their craft, but reinforces the importance of their work.

Our Singular Strengths is a compilation of 144 comforting and uplifting thoughts about library work presented in the popular meditations format: a quotation, a short essay, and a resolution. The book is designed to present a topic, thought, or story that encapsulates some aspect of libraries and learning as an aid to understanding and reassessment, and to simply provide comfort to beleaguered librarians. Gorman takes his passion for libraries and their importance to society and offers observations rooted in experience and reason that may provide insight into libraries, librarianship, and being a librarian in today's ever-changing world.

 

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Learning to Be a Librarian
100
Mysteries
101
Political Correctness?
103
ALA Conferences
104
Problem Colleagues
105
The Library Great Person
106
The Outsider Syndrome
107
The War of AACR2
108

Remote Storage
12
RIP
13
Values
15
Islands in the Sea of Eternity
17
Intellectual Freedom
19
The Public Good
21
Bibliotherapy
22
The Reference Interview
23
The Love of Books
24
Small Libraries Are Beautiful
26
Clash of Values
27
The Fear of Words
29
Non Omnis Moriar
30
Lives
31
Mister Jones
33
Teaching by Helping
34
S R Ranganathan 18921972
35
Libraries in Literature
37
Hugh Craig Atkinson 19331986
38
Pity the Poor Administrator
39
Andrew Carnegie 18351919
41
What Do You Remember from Library School?
43
Melvil Dewey 18511931
44
Lonely People
46
Miss Colwell
47
Retirement
48
Laws
49
Ranganathans Five Laws
51
Ranganathans First Law
52
Ranganathans Second Law
53
Ranganathans Fourth Law
55
Ranganathans Fifth Law
56
Five New Laws of Librarianship
57
First New Law
58
Second New Law
59
Third New Law
61
Fourth New Law
63
Fifth New Law
65
Change Problems Realities
67
Change Makes You Stupid
69
Scholarly Journals
71
Modern Library Budgets
73
The Newbery Medal
74
Books into Films
75
Burnout
76
Reference Collections
77
Distant Learning
78
The Problem Patron
79
My Ideal Library
80
Present Future
81
Libraries and Democracy
83
Email in Libraries
84
The Tax Revolt
85
The PaperFull Society
88
Downsizing
89
Different in Kind
91
Virtual Lives
92
People or Kiosks?
93
Museums of Failed Technology
94
Library or Pipelined
95
Night Thoughts
96
Librarians
97
The Image of the Librarian
99
Women in Libraries
109
A Word for Ned Ludd
110
Places
111
The Library as a Public Place
113
National Libraries
114
Cotleigh Road Branch Library
115
Ssshh
117
Prisons
118
Home Base
119
Libraries and the Mall
120
California Dreams
122
Art and Decoration in the Library
123
The Flowering of the Imagination
124
The Love of Libraries
126
Reading Writing
127
Electronic Books
129
The Gift of Reading
131
The Ladder of Learning
133
Back to Basics
135
Paperbacks
136
Library Literature
137
Collecting Books
138
Jabberwocky
139
The Library Hand
141
Reading
143
The Wider World
145
The ADA
147
The Choice
148
Bookstores
149
Multiple Identities
151
International Book Sharing
152
UnBooksr
153
Time Machines
154
Reports Statistics and All That Jazz
155
Technology as Religion
156
Thin Places
157
84 Charing Cross Road
158
Practicalities
159
Bindings
161
Dress for Success?
162
No Food No Drink
163
Circulation
165
Filing
166
Indexes and Indexing
167
Interlibrary Loan
168
Indecency Online
169
Fifty Cent Technology
170
Descriptive Cataloguing in 131 Words
171
Central Libraries vs Branch Libraries
172
Eternal Promises
173
Sunrise
175
Library Time
176
Reminders of Continuity
177
Occams Management Theory
179
What Is Information?
180
Universal Bibliographic Control
182
Illuminated Manuscripts
184
The Librarianship of Love
186
Manuscripts
187
Singular Strengths
188
Closing Libraries
189
Epilogue
191
Copyright

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Populaire passages

Pagina 18 - Proper words in proper places make the true definition of a style.

Over de auteur (1998)

Michael Gorman was Dean of Library Services at the Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno from 1988-2007. From 1977 to 1988 he worked at the Library of the University of Illinois, Urbana as, successively, Director of Technical Services, Director of General Services, and Acting University Librarian. From 1966 to 1977 he was, successively, Head of Cataloging at the British National Bibliography, a member of the British Library Planning Secretariat, and Head of the Office of Bibliographic Standards in the British Library. He is the first editor of the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, Second Edition (1978) and of the revision of that work (1988), and he is the author of The Concise AACR2. Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness, and Reality (co-written with Walt Crawford) was honored with the 1997 Blackwell’s Scholarship Award. Our Enduring Values, published by ALA in 2000, was the winner of ALA’s 2001 Highsmith Award for the best book on librarianship. He is also the author of Our Own Selves: More Meditations for Librarians (2005) as well as hundreds of articles in professional and scholarly journals. He has given numerous presentations at international, national, and state conferences. Michael has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Margaret Mann Citation in 1979, the 1992 Melvil Dewey Medal, Blackwell’s Scholarship Award in 1997, the California Library Association/Access, Collections, and Technical Services Section Award of Achievement in 1999, and the Ken Haycock Award in 2010. He was a member of the American Library Association’s Council (1991-1995 and 2002-2006), the ALA Executive Board through 2007, and was president of ALA in 2005-2006. He was made a fellow of the [British] Library Association in 1979 and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in 2005. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of the Thames Valley in 2007.

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