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11

Thinking about meaning

how to be a philosophical librarian

Kevin Michael Klipfel

Abstract

What does Philosophy—the most abstract of all academic disciplines—have to do with the practice of librarianship? That, in the most general sense, is the question of this chapter. My answer is what is fundamental to a philosophical approach to inquiry is thinking about meaning, and a philosophical approach to librarianship involves thinking about how the core meanings of our practices can improve our ability to do our jobs as librarians. The reader of this chapter will learn that a librarian who thinks like a philosopher is one that gets students to think about the core meanings of the material they are presenting, because this allows the student ...

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