Academic Librarians’ Attitudes About Civic-Mindedness and Service-Learning

Maureen Barry, Laura Lowe, Sarah E Twill

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Librarianship is more than being a trustee of information. It includes responsibility for the common good. Libraries provide tools for education on social and political issues, but they can also participate in problem solving through community collaboration and provide services tailored for at-risk populations. While discourse on the civic engagement of libraries as institutions is plentiful, there has been little discussion of librarians as individuals. This study used a survey to examine civic-mindedness among academic librarians. Results indicated that while most of the respondents made financial or service contributions in their communities, the overall sample demonstrated only moderate civic-mindedness on a civic-mindedness scale. Librarians who volunteered, had interest in service learning as a pedagogy, or participated in a variety of community activities were more civic-minded than professionals who did not engage in these activities. Implications to the profession and libra
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
JournalLibrary Quarterly
StatePublished - Jan 2017


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