Presentation on theme: "1 Librarianship and Legitimacy: the Ideology of the Public Library Inquiry By Douglas Raber Presenters: Huy Chu, Tom Methans, Takeo Sugihara."— Presentation transcript:
1 Librarianship and Legitimacy: the Ideology of the Public Library Inquiry By Douglas Raber Presenters: Huy Chu, Tom Methans, Takeo Sugihara
2 Warm Up Questions Do you currently use or have you ever used your public library? Why do you use your public library?
3 The Author: Douglas Raber Info Science Professor at University of Tennessee, Knoxville since 1997. Experience as Reference Librarian, Political Science Instructor, Library Director. 26 publishing credits, including 2 books. Advanced Degrees in both Library & Info. Science and Political Science
4 Why did Raber Write this Book? Ongoing evaluation of Librarianship. Reminder of important issues in Librarianship. How do librarians achieve status as an integral part of modern society.
5 Understanding the Inquiry ALA prompts for the Assessment of Public Libraries. Post War America New Attitudes – Optimism & Reality Unmasked Social Divisions New Technologies Public Library Wages & Support
6 Getting Started Librarians look inward The ALA - Milam The Carnegie Corporation Social Science Research Center – Robert D. Leigh An Objective Study Purpose of the Inquiry
7 The Public Library Inquiry Composed of seven monographs 1.Bernard Berelson, The Library’s Public (New York: Columbia University Press, 1949). 2.Alice I. Bryan, The Public Librarian (New York: Columbia University Press, 1952). 3.Oliver Garceau, The Public Library in the Political Process (New York: Columbia University Press, 1949). 4.Robert D. Leigh, The Public Library in the United States: The General Report of the Public Library Inquiry (New York: Columbia University Press, 1950). 5.James L. McCamy, Government Publications for the Citizen (New York: Columbia University Press, 1949). 6.William Miller, The Book Industry (New York: Columbia University Press, 1949). 7.Gloria Waldren, The Information Film (New York: Columbia University Press, 1949).
8 The Library Faith Reading is in itself good Reading of books is useful and moral Free access to information enhances individual progress toward “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and democratic process Preserves and organizes world’s recorded knowledge
9 Survival of Librarianship “that in a political culture whose legitimating principles have been compromised by the reality of power relations, librarianship has little choice but to be prepared to sacrifice a portion of its soul in order to participate successfully in and benefit from that culture.”  Raber, Douglas. Librarianship and Legitimacy: The Ideology of the Public Library Inquiry. Greenwood Press, Westport, CT. 1997. 134.
10 Reviews of the Book Pros: Engaging and raises questions that are still applicable today Cons: Focus on the Public Library Inquiry - the Inquiry ignores social context - the tone of the Inquiry is elitist
11 How does Librarianship & Legitimacy relate to the Course? Re-evaluation of librarians’ roles. How do we establish librarians’ viability in society? Librarians’ role in democracy.
12 What if you had to pay to use the library? How would you feel about that? What would happen to those people who couldn’t pay? How would you get information if there was no public library? Would internet access solve the problem?