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The Enduring Values of Librarianship

Date : Jul 14, 2004
Start Time : 12 p.m. Eastern
Length : 00:55:45

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Join award-winning author Michael Gorman (ALA President 2005-2006) for an exploration of "The Enduring Values of Librarianship," a presentation based on his book, Our Enduring Values, which received the 2001 Highsmith Award for the best book on librarianship.

Michael Gorman will explore the meaning of "values" and their applicability to libraries in an age of technological and societal change. He will discuss the definition of values and the way in which they can be used to obtain positive results in daily work, planning, and assessment. He will also discuss the "library as place." His analysis, based on the study of many library-related and other books and writings, led him to conclude that the eight core values of librarianship are: Stewardship, Service, Intellectual freedom, Rationalism, Literacy and learning, Equity of access, Privacy, and Democracy.

Michael Gorman ?Dean of Library Services, California State University, Fresno

Michael Gorman is Dean of Library Services at the Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno. From 1977 to 1988 he worked at the Library of the University of Illinois, Urbana as, successively, Director of Technical Services, Director of General Services, and Acting University Librarian. From 1966 to 1977 he was, successively, Head of Cataloguing at the British National Bibliography, a member of the British Library Planning Secretariat, and Head of the Office of Bibliographic Standards in the British Library. He has taught at library schools in Britain and in the United States?most recently at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He is the first editor of the Anglo-American cataloguing rules, second edition (1978) and of the revision of that work (1988). He is the author of The concise AACR2, 3rd edition (1999). Future libraries: dreams, madness, and reality (co-written with Walt Crawford) was honored with the 1997 Blackwell's Scholarship Award. Our enduring values, published by ALA in 2000, was the winner of ALA's 2001 Highsmith award for the best book on librarianship. Michael is the author of hundreds of articles in professional and scholarly journals. He has contributed chapters to a number of books and is the author or editor of other books and monographs. He has given numerous presentations at international, national, and state conferences.

Michael has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Margaret Mann Citation in 1979, the 1992 Melvil Dewey Medal, Blackwell's Scholarship Award in 1997, and the California Library Association/Access, Collections, and Technical Services Section Award of Achievement in 1999. He is a member of the American Library Association's Council (1991-1995 and 2002-2006) and the ALA Executive Board through 2006. He was made a fellow of the [British] Library Association in 1979.