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Oct 24

Our Enduring Values Revisited (2015)

Posted on October 24, 2016 at 10:28 AM by Brian Herder

Our Enduring Values Revisited

Our Enduring Values Revisited (2015)

Michael Gorman

American Library Association

978-0-8389-1300-0


In the almost 15 years since Our Enduring Values was published, there has been a sea change in the way much of the world thinks about and uses libraries. Young librarians and seasoned LIS professionals alike are experiencing increasing pressure to adjust to new economic, societal, and technological demands amidst the often-dire rhetoric currently surrounding the future of our institutions. In this stirring manifesto, public intellectual, librarian, and philosopher Gorman addresses head on the “existential panic” among library professionals caused by the radical shift in how libraries are viewed. He reconnects readers with the core values that continue to inspire generations of library professionals and scholars—while making the case that these values are doubly crucial to hold on to in the brave new shifting world of librarianship. Destined to become another classic of library literature, this book explores such contemporary issues as

  • The growing emphasis of the library as a cultural institution, placing libraries within their cultural context as gathering places for learning, access to information, and community
  • The impact of technological innovations on core values such as access and stewardship
  • Library places and spaces of the future
  • How the mass digitization of books, archives, and other materials affects the purpose and function of libraries
  • Intellectual freedom and privacy in the era of the PATRIOT Act, Wikileaks, and Edward Snowden
  • The role of libraries as both champions and facilitators of social justice

Inspirational yet clear-sighted, Gorman emphatically reaffirms the importance of libraries and librarians while proposing a path for future survival and growth.