It’s been a long time since my last post, mostly due to life barreling forward and me spinning on the insides.
I started out a come back to the site by reading several professional library books. I didn’t have a focus on a particular subject, but generally focused on politics, reference services, and suggested professional competencies. Out of all that I read, there is one book that rose above the rest.
I have found that the library professional books I have come across become same-y sounding, follow similar formats, or, especially thin volumes, skim the surface of an issue/topic. Public Libraries, Public Policies, and Political Processes: Serving and Transforming Communities in Times of Economic and Political Constraint by Paul T Jaeger, Ursula Gorham, John Carlo Bertot , and Lindsay C. Sarin was able to take a balanced approach to the perception of public libraries in politics, mixing historical context and founded foresight. Especially in today political climate, it has an eerie feel of prophecy to it (like many dystopian novels, including The Handmaid’s Tale and Prophecy of the Sower).
What wonderful things do I remember from it?
*attempts to access long term, iron clad, photographic memory from late February*
Well, that’s embarrassing. It’s also a lesson in what to do if you intend on providing a review or insight on something.
What do I remember? It wasn’t a brief description of things I’m learning in my reference graduate course. It isn’t a collection of case studies. It is a text that could be used in a graduate course about libraries within the political landscape. It is a book that places libraries in a realistic present political context.
There have been times during my online graduate courses where it seems people aren’t panicking as much as I am about the future. At times, I know it is easy to set the default to comfortable soap box for discussion posts, but it isn’t the time to be comfortable anymore.
It is definitely the time to remember what you read and be able to bring it up when needed….*cough, cough*
So Question: What do you do if you are preparing a review? Do you take notes?
Public Libraries, Public Policies, and Political Processes: Serving and Transforming Communities in Times of Economic and Political Constraint
written by Paul T Jaeger, Ursula Gorham, John Carlo Bertot , and Lindsay C. Sarin
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014