Understanding Librarians. Communication Is the Issue by Barbara Hull

By Barbara Hull

Geared toward execs and trainee pros in the library and knowledge carrier (LIS) fields, this booklet reminds the reader of the often neglected communication-gulf among the pro and the layman, and specifically the inability of precise communique among LIS execs and the consumer. It focuses specially on 'non-standard' clients, comparable to non-native audio system or people with a few incapacity. the writer offers available examples of excellent perform, assesses their measure of good fortune and indicates extra how you can increase functionality in info provision.

  • Written by way of a "poacher grew to become gamekeeper” - a knowledge specialist who's additionally an skilled grownup educator
  • Jargon-free and obtainable type of delivery
  • Highlights the human elements of utilizing libraries, whether this is often in a digital environment

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It has long been established that people do withdraw from situations that damage their selfimage and seek interactions that confirm their self-image (Secord and Backman, 1964). Jiao and Onwuegbuzie (1999) found that the fear of negative social evaluation is an important antecedent of library anxiety. It is likely that students with low perceived social acceptance also tend to hold unrealistically high standards for themselves with respect to performing library tasks. Indeed, library anxious students tend to feel that other students are proficient at using the library, whereas they alone are incompetent, and that this incompetence is a source of embarrassment and consequently should be concealed.

1998) ‘Man of the people’s universities’, Library Association Record, 100(3) March 98, p. 142. com/question/index? qid=20100508161432AAQlcl3 (accessed 26/08/10). 21 3 Images of librarians Abstract: This chapter examines the images of librarians, derived from self perception and the perception of others. It considers how these images may interfere with the optimisation of librarians’ professional skills. Key words: librarian images, stereotypes of librarians. Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue1 Many librarians have a serious image problem, both from a personal point of view and the perceived view of others.

Four factors are key to this depressing pattern. First the simple fact of growing up in poverty, with the restrictions it places on housing, diet and lifestyle. Second, family factors – 42 Social class and lack of education as barriers critically parental interest and support, which itself is driven by parental experience of education. Third, neighbourhood factors. The fourth is the quality of schooling. The first three require long-term change in social and economic life. But the great power of schooling is that it is in our power to change it now and change it for the better.

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