Libraries Build Autonomy: A Philosophical Perspective on the Social Role of Libraries and Librarians (Report)
Library Philosophy and Practice 2010, Dec
Library Philosophy and Practice
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Introduction An important, overlooked moral contribution of libraries and librarians to the community is the provision of support for autonomy. Philosophers have long considered autonomy a primary moral value, essential to living a flourishing life. Although library scholarship has not often engaged deeply with the philosophical discourse surrounding autonomy, libraries and librarians are uniquely positioned to enact many of the methods for encouraging it. (A notable exception is Rosenzweig's 2004 article in Progressive Librarian.) By considering the moral significance of library services as autonomy-building activities, libraries and librarians can provide a valuable social support for their communities, individual users, and ultimately themselves.
- Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
- Published: 01 December 2010
- Publisher: University of Idaho Library
- Print Length: 13 Pages
- Language: English