Describe how these articles and the mind mapping process reinforce your understanding of the core ideas of our domain in terms of these three aspects: “information,” “technology,” and “people.”
As noted by Estabrook (2009), the core values of a librarian center around a code of ethics which support intellectual freedom, equitable access to information, and resistance to censorship. These ideas are represented within the American Library Association’s Core Values (2017) and impact every aspect of the field – including information, technology, and people. Librarians must promote and protect equitable access to information, through the use of current and evolving information technologies by building authentic relationships with their communities.
Describe relationships you’ve identified / established among different articles, ideas or concepts.
One commonality in my research is reflection on how the field of librarianship must continue to meet the needs of the current (and evolving) culture. Bush noted, almost prophetically in 1945, the implications that growing technologies would have on information access and management. These ideas continue to be relevant today as we wrestle with the current questions of intellectual freedom and equitable access. Intellectual technology will continue to evolve with time, and the field of librarianship can continue to be relevant by honoring its core values and maintaining a spirit of service.
Reflect on “implementation” or “action.” Explain how these articles inform your future actions. Which ideas or concepts are useful for your current or future work?
It is imperative that I demonstrate a willingness to grow, that I cultivate a habit of professional development and continuous learning. My research reflects the changing nature of the field of library science and the responsibility that the librarian has to meet the current needs of his or her community – and to accept and embrace the evolving nature of those needs. This is particularly true in my specific area of focus – school librarianship. As a school librarian, I will be a leader and facilitator on my campus. I will be responsible for the continuing professional development of my school staff as well as for equipping my students with the tools and skills they will need in their own continuing education.
Explain whether you generate new ideas or understandings of LIS professions through a mind mapping process. If you do, please explain those new ideas.
Through this project, I developed a deeper understanding of the ethical responsibilities that a librarian has. Since its inception, library science has continuously changed and been challenged by societal constructs, evolving social and cultural norms and advancing technology – yet the core values remain consistent. These core values reach into each aspect of the field. By continuing to uphold these principles, librarians can continue to be of service to their communities – to serve the greater good and remain relevant and necessary.
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Bell, S. (2009). From gatekeepers to gate-openers. American Libraries, 40(8/9), 50-53.
Bush, V. (1945). As we may think. The Atlantic Monthly, 176(1), 101-108.
“Core Values of Librarianship”, American Library Association, July 26, 2006. http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/corevalues (Accessed November 19, 2017) Document ID: 33390955-19b0-2164-9d0d-07dfe5ec504e
Estabrook, L. S. (2009). Library and information science. In M. J. Bates & M. N. Maack (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences (3rd ed., pp. 3287-3292). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis. doi:10.1081/E-ELIS3-120044044
Gerolimos, M., Malliari, A., & Iakovidis, P. (2015). Skills in the market: an analysis of skills and qualifications for American librarians. Library Review, 64(1/2), 21-35.
Rubin, R., & Froehlich, T. J. (2010). Ethical aspects of library and information science. In M. J. Bates & M. N. Maack (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences (3rd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 1743-1757). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.