Library Philosophy and Practice

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 1, Fall

Academic Libraries in India: A Present-Day Scenario
Education aims to impart knowledge and makes good citizens. Libraries are the repositories of knowledge and form an integral part of education. Libraries have a long history, starting with the chained and closed-access libraries of earlier times to...
Confidentially Speaking: American Libraries and the USA Patriot Act
Oxford Round Table, March 20-25, 2005 "As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of...
Do You Really Want to Be a Forum?
Consider a Park In a small, mid-western town, there's a park that's been there as long as anyone can remember. It's a typical city park, open to the general public, with play equipment for children, trees and grass and benches along curving paths....
Effective Communication and Smooth Administration of Academic Libraries in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm in Nigeria
Introduction The academic library has been from its inception an integral part of institutions of higher learning, rather than an appendix or adjunct (Aguolu, 1989). The academic library, like any other formal establishment, is designed and run...
Empowering the Intentional Learner: A Critical Theory for Information Literacy Instruction
In a political system grounded in an informed citizenry we are members of a profession explicitly committed to intellectual freedom and the freedom of access to information. We have a special obligation to ensure the free flow of information and ideas...
Information as a Value Concept: Reconciling Theory and Practice
When the gulf between theory and practice in librarianship is discussed generally two themes emerge, which are that theorizing about librarianship is mostly non-existent and, when such theorizing exists at all, it is largely irrelevant to library practice....
"Look out! the Biggest Library Problem
The Scare Factor Most librarians have an admirable dedication to their profession and are not focused on issues of power and control, particularly outside the realm of their job descriptions. In addition, we may have a blind spot about forward-thinking...
Online Tutorials: Tips from the Literature
Online tutorials are an important addition to traditional teaching. Time and distance may make them the best option for graduate students. It is important to consider the design carefully, since students will not be able to ask questions. The tutorial...
The Design of the Wilson's Library Literature Online Tutorial
Introduction The Wilson's Library Literature Online tutorial (LLOT) was designed for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College for the Master's level class LIS 408, User Instruction. This paper, which accompanies...
Use of RFID Technology in Libraries: A New Approach to Circulation, Tracking, Inventorying, and Security of Library Materials
Introduction RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) allows an item, for example a library book, to be tracked and communicated with by radio waves. This technology is similar in concept to a cellphone. RFID is a broad term for technologies that use...