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Six Issues Facing Libraries Today

Critical Perspectives

John M. Budd

This book addresses some of the most pressing issues in library and information science. It offers informed insight and perspectives on six essential and timely questions facing the profession:

  • What is information?
  • What is information literacy?
  • What roles do academic libraries play in higher education today?
  • How can we effectively educate librarians?
  • What are the ethical and moral bases of the library and information professions?
  • What is the future of librarianship?

Written by John M. Budd, one of librarianship’s most-respected educators and the author of twelve previous books, and copublished with Beta Phi Mu, the International Honor Society for librarianship, this is sure to become one of profession’s most talked-about books.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 196Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-1-4422-7737-3 • Hardback • June 2017 • $75.00 • (£49.95)
978-1-4422-7738-0 • eBook • July 2017 • $71.00 • (£47.95) (coming soon)
John M. Budd is professor emeritus at the University of Missouri, where he taught for twenty-two years, and was also on the faculties of the University of Arizona and Louisiana State University. He worked for several years as an academic librarian and is the author of more than one hundred journal articles and book chapters. He has also written a number of books, including Democracy, Economics, and the Public Good and The Changing Academic Library. He continues to be very active in association duties and is still an active writer.
Chapter 1: What Is Information?
Chapter 2: What Is Information Literacy?
Chapter 3: What Roles Do Academic Libraries Play in Higher Education Today?
Chapter 4: How Can We Effectively Educate Librarians?
Chapter 5: What Are the Ethical and Moral Bases of the Library and Information Professions?
Chapter 6: What is the Future of Librarianship?
John Budd has been at this a long time. As one of librarianship's deepest thinkers he regularly spins out provocative ideas that always generate discussion. By drawing from literatures outside the profession he here addresses some of contemporary librarianship's most intractable questions. Read, and enjoy!
Wayne Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus, Florida State University