Chapter 1

Managing the Centrality of Learning, Reading, Individual Inquiry, and Public Service

Abstract

This chapter examines the ways in which information and reading are often interpreted as contrasting concepts and how the study of public, school, and academic libraries has declined in schools of library and information science. There is a continuing tension in discussions of higher education between the goals of occupational training and of the development of the mind, of a love of ideas, and of the ability to think critically and solve problems. Librarians would weigh in on development of the mind.

Keywords

Critical thinking; Culture of higher education; Digital technology; Information science; Knowledge and wisdom; Public service; Reading

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