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What is the future of the reference librarian? Looking to Bourdieu for answers

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dc.contributor.author Kreighbaum, Tracie
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-12T13:46:27Z
dc.date.available 2013-03-12T13:46:27Z
dc.date.created March 12, 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-03-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2976
dc.description.abstract Because a concern was raised over the sustainability of reference librarianship, causing alarm on a professional online forum, this essay explores the assertion that reference services are no longer an essential part of library service. General observations of reference desk and nonprofessional information desk services are analyzed using Pierre Bourdieu’s (1993) concepts of field, habitus, and power. Additional discussion of LIS literature also reveals why fear over reference sustainability exists. Conclusions suggest that power of the reference librarian may be inadvertently directed toward nonprofessional agents, and reference professionals must recognize their opportunities in today’s information environment if they wish to maintain and build positions in their field. en_US
dc.subject reference, libraries, Bourdieu, field, habitus, power en_US
dc.title What is the future of the reference librarian? Looking to Bourdieu for answers en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.college slim en_US
dc.department information management en_US

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