Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

International Librarianship at Home and Abroad

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

International Librarianship at Home and Abroad

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International Librarianship at Home and Abroad. By Karen Bordonaro. Cambridge, MA: Chandos Publishing, 2017. 196 p. Paper $89.95 (ISBN 978-0-08-101896-5).

What is meant by "international librarianship"? The term can be difficult to define, potentially encompassing a vast array of library activities, including collecting materials published abroad, participating in librarian exchanges, and attending international library conferences.

J. S. Parker's classic 1974 definition of international librarianship, which author Karen Bordonaro includes in her book International Librarianship at Home and Abroad, is this: "International librarianship consists of activities carried out among or between governmental or non-governmental institutions, organizations, groups or individuals of two or more nations, to promote, establish, develop, maintain and evaluate library, documentation and allied services, and librarianship and the library profession generally, in any part of the world" (p. 4).

Bordonaro's work springs from her own vastly more general definition, which is "one professional, many communities, connecting to each other to promote learning globally and locally" (p. 12). Bordonaro seeks to explore the views on international librarianship from practicing librarians worldwide, drawing on a 2016 online questionnaire and series of professional interviews she conducted with 320 participants worldwide.

The book includes an extensive literature review on the topic, including a useful list of core journals. …

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