Libraries are for Use

Demonstrating the value of librarianship

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There is no dearth of library-related blogs – just check out Salem Press’ list.  Librarians and other library professionals are literate and vocal – we want to be heard.  But what voice could I add?  What ideas, thoughts, words could I use to raise above the din?

With my initial project, Being and Librarianship, I wanted to step on the philosophical side – to bring to the table the higher issues and concerns of the profession.  The foundational postings were a treatise on the 5 Laws of Library Science, and I had plans to study the epistemology of librarianship.  These are still my goals, but I realized that I needed more work on my own foundations of my chosen profession.

By returning to Ranganathan, I’m hoping that this blog will provide springboards, wells and fountains of ideas on the many ways that we can measure, demonstrate, and visualize the value, impacts, and significance librarianship has on our communities.  These communities are varied and overlapping – local, school, academic, organizational, regional, national & international.  The impacts are quite difficult to measure – distant and obscured by confounding factors.  Demonstrating value to one group of stakeholders requires very different measures and concepts than another.  But it wouldn’t be fun if it was easy.

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