What Single Book Is The Best Introduction To Your Field For Laypeople?

Ask MetaFilter is a great site I've referenced a few times before.  As I write this, this recent question
has almost 300 “favourite” votes which makes it one of the most popular questions and answers I've even seen.

Nobody posted a pick for a book that provides a good introduction to librarianship (yet) but I'd say something like “Our Enduring Values” by Michael Gorman is probably pretty close. I mean, the table of contents in that link does a pretty good job by itself of summarizing what librarianship is all about!

In fact, I've heard of one library's board of directors (who, like most library boards is comprised of a mix of municipal appointees and volunteers from the wider community but not actual trained librarians) who voluntarily agreed to work through this book, one chapter per meeting, to familiarize themselves with some of the core values of librarianship.  Pretty good vote of confidence, I'd say!

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Just wanted to say thanks for posting this. It will be interesting to read about your thoughts on this topic as you think about it over the years.
    Also, and off topic, recently my blog reader has only been pulling in your blog in large batches at the end of the week. I can't remember if this is something you did purposely so you stay focussed on work through the week? Anyway, just thought I'd mention it.

    Posted 15 Sep 2007 at 11:23 am
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Which blog reader do you use? I don't remember making any changes on this end but maybe I did tweak something? Or perhaps they changed something on their end? I've had a couple people mention problems with how their feed reader handles this blog although this is the first time I've heard that specific complaint. Give me a few more details and I'll see what I can come up with. Also, one idea if you haven't tried it might be to unsubscribe and re-subscribe to see if that fixes things.

    Posted 16 Sep 2007 at 3:57 am

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