The social transcript : uncovering library philosophy / Charles B. Osburn.
Many glimpses into what might be called library philosophy are scattered throughout the literatures of library history and library and information science, but none has coalesced as yet. Conversely, theories relative to the operation of libraries, rather than relative to why their operations are nec...
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|Series:||Beta Phi Mu monograph.
- Part I. Siting the philosophy : 1. Echoes of a philosophy : Stages of philosophy development : Ranganathan ; Butler ; Shera ; Broadfield ; Wright ; Budd ; Other leaders ; Why the need for a philosophy remains : Neglect & ambivalence ; A belief system ; Practicalities ; Technology as an end ; The science model ; The cognition model
- 2. Strategic considerations : Philosophy ; Social sciences ; Evolution & history ; History & philosophy ; Librarianship the wrong focus ; Library the focus ; Function of the library
- Part II. A creation of culture for mind : 3. Cultural evolution : Society ; Culture : Functions ; Processes ; Selection & adaptation ; Progress ; Purpose ; Complexity ; Mind : Truth ; Dialectic & decision making ; Imagination & creativity
- 4. Communication : Memory ; Language ; Knowledge & learning : Writing ; Printing ; Reading ; Literacy ; Entertainment
- 5. A cultural technology : The social transcript ; Cooperation & social institutions ; Library in concept
- Part III. Convergence of mind, society, and evolution in library philosophy
- 6. The unique function of the library : Theory ; Mind at the center ; Intellectual freedom ; Sense of place : Ideas ; Memory ; Values ; Imagination & creativity ; Intellectual comfort
- 7. Stewardship of the social transcript : Library as communication ; Problems of philosophy ; Theory, mind, & society ; Understanding ; Problem solving & creativity
- 8. Sounding for the embedded philosophy : Appearance of dual function : Process ; Integration ; Essentials of an appropriate philosophy ; Theory in its place ; Practice in its place : Unity of the profession ; Nature of the profession ; Library as concept
- Epilogue: Library philosophy uncovered.