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Title:
Dismantling the public sphere : situating and sustaining librarianship in the age of the new public philosophy
Author:
Buschman, John.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
viii, 218 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The framework of critical analysis : the new public philosophy and the public sphere. Introduction : crisis culture and the need for a defense of librarianship in the public sphere ; The new public philosophy and critical educational analysis : the context of public cultural institutions ; The public sphere : rounding out the context of librarianship -- Studies in librarianship and the dismantling of the public sphere. Follow the money : library funding and information capitalism ; Co-opted or rolling over? Follow-the-leader library management and the new public philosophy ; On customer-driven librarianship ; Drifting toward the corporate model : a brief look at ALA ; Notes on postmodern technology, technocracy, and libraries ; Conclusion : toward a sustainable case for librarianship : the public sphere and democratic possibility.
ISBN:
9780313321993
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

This work presents a thorough examination of librarianship and the social and economic contexts in which the profession and its institutions operate. As a basis of analysis, Buschman employs critical education scholarship and the research of German philosopher Jurgen Habermas, whose seminal work on the public sphere--the arena in which the public organizes itself and formulates public opinion--serves as a meta-framework for Buschman's study of librarianship. Buschman asserts that a significant shift has occurred from the library as a contributor to the public good to a model where economic rationality directs policy. He challenges much of the current thinking and assumptions guiding libraries, exploring the circumstances in which librarians and libraries operate and linking the profession back to democratic and public purposes as the core essence of the field.

Chapters include:

- Crisis Culture and the Need for a Defense of Librarianship in the Public Sphere

- The New Public Philosophy and Critical Educational Analysis

- The Public Sphere: Rounding Out the Context of Librarianship

- Studies in Librarianship and the Dismantling of the Public Sphere

- Follow the Money: Library Funding and Information Capitalism

- Follow-the-Leader Library Management and the New Public Philosophy

- On Customer Driven Librarianship

- Drifting Toward the Corporate Model: ALA

- Notes on Postmodern Technology, Technocracy, and Libraries

- The Public Sphere and Democratic Possibility

Highly recommended for courses in policy and librarianship, as well as for academic and public library directors, this work will also be of interest to theorists in the social sciences.


Author Notes

JOHN E. BUSCHMAN is Department Chair, Collection Development Librarian, and Professor-Librarian, Rider University Library, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He is the 2004 recipient of ALA's Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award. His previous book, Critical Approaches to Information Technology in Librarianship , was published by Greenwood Press. He has published many articles and is co-editor of the journal Progressive Librarian and on the Coordinating Comittee of the Progressive Librarians Guild. Prior to his current administrative appointment, he served on the National Council of the American Association of University Professors.


Table of Contents

The Framework of Critical Analysis
The New Public Philosophy and the Public Sphere Introduction
Crisis Culture and the Need for a Defense of Librarianship in the Public Sphere
The New Public Philosophy and Critical Educational Analysis
The Context of Public Cultural Institutions The Public Sphere
Rounding out the Context of Librarianship Studies in Librarianship and the Dismantling of the Public Sphere Follow the Money
Library Funding and Information Capitalism Co-opted or Rolling Over?
Follow-the-Leader Library Management and the New Public Philosophy On Customer-Driven Librarianship Drifting Toward the Corporate Model
A Brief Look at ALA Notes on Postmodern Technology, Technocracy, and Libraries Conclusion
Toward a Sustainable Case for Librarianship
The Public Sphere and Democratic Possibility Selected Bibliography