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John M. Budd is professor emeritus in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies of the University of Missouri. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Arizona and Louisiana State University. He has been active in professional associations for more than thirty years, serving (among other offices) as chair of the American Library Association’s Library Research Round Table. He has also served in many capacities in the Association for Library and Information Science Education, including as President. He has also served as President of Beta Phi Mu. Budd has been on several committees with the Association of Information Science and Technology, including twice on the publications committee. He has been a mentor to several individuals, but as members of ASIS&T and as doctoral students. He has been committed to service since the beginning of his career, first as an academic librarian and then as a library and information science faculty member for twenty-eight years. Budd has been a prolific author throughout his career. He has published well over 100 journal articles in some of the most prominent journals, including Library and Information Science Research, Journal of Information Science, Journal of Documentation, and JASIST. His publications also include a number of books, such as The Changing Academic Library, Six Issues Facing Libraries Today: Critical Perspectives, Democracy, Economic, and the Public Good: Informational Failures and Potential, and Higher Education’s Purpose. He has presented more than 125 times at professional conferences.
His teaching and some of his writings have had a political focus. A paper published in Public Library Quarterly presented the gist of the ideas in this book. Moreover, he has written about discourse and discursive practices as they relate to library-related actions. Much of thought has centered on phenomenology and has incorporated this philosophy into his work for more than twenty-five years.
Chapter 1: Libraries, Then and (Mostly) Now
Chapter 2: How Do We Talk to One Another?
Chapter 3: What Conversations Can Take Place in Libraries (and in What Ways)?
About the Author
Here, Budd emphasizes the importance of the library as a venue for civil discussion—as a necessary space for public deliberation that promotes more generative dialogue than social media can. This book may appeal to professionals with backgrounds in ethics, communication, and philosophy…. Recommended. Professionals and practitioners.— Choice Reviews
Anyone wanting to turn libraries into an 'information commons,' where communities can engage in civil debates about the major issues of our time, has to read this book. In it John Budd brilliantly discusses the philosophical foundations essential to understand before undertaking the effort.— Wayne A. Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus, Florida State University
Professor Budd draws on his wide-ranging academic reading to prepare us and our libraries for reason and the rational sharing of ideas. With the rise of authoritarian regimes worldwide, a host of grave challenges, and divisive social media, we need it.— Michael K. Buckland, emeritus professor, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley