By Herbert S. White
White's formerly released articles and speeches (most offered after 1989) determine and deal with serious matters that variety from library schooling, investment, and management to expertise, ethics, and burnout. even though frequently added with humor, White's probing and infrequently arguable commentaries at the possibilities and hazards to the career are absolute to galvanize severe proposal. Divided into 3 sections, the booklet covers Librarians, Their Self-Image, and the Perceptions that outline Their training; Librarians and Their function, As outlined by means of Them and via Others; and Librarians within the merciless global of Politics and funds. the writer introduces every one part with basic reviews. A needs to for the library specialist shelf and an invaluable supplementary textual content for administration and concerns classes in library faculties.
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There are many definitions of professions, but perhaps the simplest and clearest of these is that professions control the interaction between themselves and their clients, who come to them as supplicants seeking advice, aid, and decisions from those acknowledged to have a greater level of expertise. Doctors and lawyers have been very successful in establishing this relationship between the ignorant and the (hopefully compassionate and helpful) knowledgeable. Is there even a glimmer of a chance, in this world of information superhighways, of librarians being accorded such a respectful status?
Page xii At the same time, I am always surprised when individuals express admiration of my ability to find subjects about which to write. I don't look for subject matter, because I don't have to. The material comes to me primarily from what I have read and heard, and I usually have a supply of 10 or more columns waiting to be submitted to the editor. The hard part comes in deciding which column to publish when. Opportunities to speak and write about other subjects come in invitations from regional, national, and international organizations.
White House staffers love such photo opportunities, but what's in it for us? The little girl urged the chief executive to increase funding for libraries, so that they could buy more books. I can hardly blame the child, but who told her that buying more books was the first priority of libraries today? Most likely book publishers, not librarians. " Let me translate. That means that the president was totally unimpressed by the message. Presidents are not noncommittal when somebody points out an increase in crime, or even the need for an information superhighway or reinventing government, whatever that means.
At the Crossroads: Librarians on the Information Superhighway by Herbert S. White