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The New Librarianship Field Guide

R. David Lankes


The field guide seeks to outline an approach to librarianship, librarians, and libraries based on knowledge, learning, and community engagement. The first part of the book covers the mission, skills, and values of librarians. Librarians are defined as builders of participatory systems to aid communities in making smarter decisions. The second portion of the book outlines libraries as institutions and as platforms for community engagement. The final part of the book outlines methods for teaching New Librarianship concepts including frequently debated points.

Keywords: Librarianship, Library, Community, community engagement, new librarianship, library and information science, knowledge, facilitation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262529082
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262529082.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. David Lankes, author