First things fourth


The ambiguities of information work, and education for information work, are explored. Do librarians belong in libraries? Why is there an emphasis on technical tasks, and how will this change? The social purpose of libraries is examined.

Key words


social purpose

paradox and contradiction

technical tasks

information access

politics of librarianship

Unravelling long-standing ambiguities

While much work exploring education for LIS has been concerned with content that should be included in programmes, or how to meet accreditation requirements, or exploring modes of delivery, or whether graduates should be ‘job-ready’, it is both urgent and critical at this juncture to understand some of the wider and ...

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