Reading Assigned Text: The Atlas of New Librarianship

I decided to start reading the assigned text well before July 8th, the start of my first MOOC on New Librarianship.  In the first few pages, there are definitions of terms such as Agreements, Relationships, Threads, Maps and then there is the concept of an Atlas and a worldview of librarianship. I am sharing my notes:

Agreements are like persuasive arguments. An agreement is an understanding about the field of librarianship and may include the following:

  • a skill area
  • a relevant theory
  • a practice or an example

Relationships provide context to agreements.

Threads tell the story of key concepts, means of understanding agreements and relationships. They are organized around 6 major concepts: mission, librarians, improve society, facilitating, knowledge creation, communities. (The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities).

Maps are visual representations of threads, relationships, and agreements.

Atlas is the visual map and detailed discussions of agreements and threads and lays out a framework; a direction.

World Review is based on theory and deep concepts.  The purpose of this book is to articulate a New Worldview of Librarianship founded on these theories;

  • Conversation Theory including human cognition, learning, concept acquisition, sociology, interpersonal communication.
  • Motivation Theory  including these theories Attribution, Expectancy, Goal Setting, Self determination,
  • Sense making Theory – determining how individuals understand ideas and tasks; how they communicate those ideas
  • Postmodernism Theory – emphasizing individual action and interpretation in librarianship.

One interesting concept that I want to always remember is that reading a book is a special kind of conversation between the reader and him or herself. We are having an internal dialogue  about how to interpret and use the ideas generated from reading.  Each reader interprets and understands the same book differently because the conversation is not between the reader and the author.


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