Importance of a Worldview
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276 A g r e e m e n t s u p p l e m e n t s importAnCe oF A WorlDvieW mAp loCAtion B, C, 4 threAD loCAtion Page 15 sCApe Importance of a Worldview mission The Mission of Librarians is to Improve Society through Facilitating Knowledge Creation in their Communities Author Kelly Menzel ConversAtion stArters 1. Where do programs fit into the current worldview of librarians? Although not artifacts, programs are often based on artifacts (books, games, even people in the case of guest speakers) and are usually highly focused on the tools used to accomplish a specific program’s overarching goal. For example, your typical book club may be created to increase critical reading of books within a community , to create a sense of togetherness by having a large number of people read and think about the same thing (or talk about topics vaguely related to the book, more often), or even just to broaden people’s horizons by having them read something they usually wouldn’t. These same reasons, with slight tweaks, often drive other programming, such as gaming programs, film showings , and cultural events. However, librarians usually become so focused on the program (reading, showing a new film, inviting traditional storytellers) that the original meaning behind the program is lost and the reason becomes “to get people to show up” or “to have a neat program.” In addition, programs vary widely by the type of library, as do the reasons behind them. An IL program may be created at a school media library to help students learn how to research effectively for classes, while the same program may be required by a college and integrated into the school curriculum or required for new employees at an office. So, do programs ultimately fit into the current artifact-based worldview, and where would they fit in a new, integrated worldview? Figure 142 A g r e e m e n t s u p p l e m e n t s 277 2. Once a uniform worldview is created, how do we go about making others aware of it from an outsider’s point of view? Hopefully, having one will make the profession more unified in general and libraries will work “better” from the eyes of the patrons and other professions, which will in turn draw the attention of others. But is marketing the worldview to others advisable or even feasible? Worldviews are hard to explain, especially to those who aren’t a part of them. At the same time, though, library members (and potential members) have a right to know what the worldview is behind their libraries, just as other professions and scholarly fields do. Placing the worldview by a library’s mission on the Web site is one thing, but truly showing others the librarian’s worldview is entirely different. relAteD ArtiFACts Agre, P. (1997). The end of information & the future of libraries. Progressive Librarian , 12/13. Retrieved September 15, 2009, from http://libr.org/pl/12-13_Agre.html. Annotation: This short article gives an overview of several previous worldviews in the information world. It also provides a potential future worldview for librarians to look to and touches on how such a worldview may affect how librarians and libraries work. It’s interesting not only for the worldview it posits, which is similar in many aspects to that the Atlas appears to be calling for, but for the fact that it recognizes and explains changes in worldviews. The author recognizes the dialectical nature of today’s society and the current lack of this in libraries, as well as sees communities as tied by common threads but still vastly different from each other. He feels that librarians need to reach out and help support the “collective cognition” of their communities. It also illustrates how changes in a worldview affect the world right down to terminology. Although it is from 1997, the ideas it puts forward are still valid and worth looking at. Ewbank, A. D., & Moreillon, J. (2007). Is there a teacher-librarian worldview? This we believe.... Knowledge Quest, 36(1), 12–15. Retrieved September 11, 2009 from http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com.libezproxy2.syr.edu/hww/jumpstart.jhtml?recid=0bc 05f7a67b1790e9e8f8b7ba4031106752adafc22c2fd52af2cee9acbb2cf74f54dfc0a779 c119f&fmt=P. Annotation: This article explicitly looks at the possibility of a specific teacherlibrarian worldview, asking early in the article: It is clear that all the authors in this issue feel a responsibility to go above and beyond their immediate work environment to...