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Title:Tending the garden of learning: Lifelong learning as core library value
Author(s):Elmborg, James
Subject(s):Librarianship--Core Values
Librarianship--Theory and Practice
Library Profession
Abstract:Lifelong Learning is enshrined in the professional practice of librarians through the American Library Association’s “Core Values of Librarianship” (2004). As a Core Value, the term is extremely vague. What do we mean by lifelong learning, and why does the term have such a powerful hold on the imaginations of educators? This paper works to understand the term by looking at one of the earliest conflicts in American educational history and philosophy: the choice between student-centered schools and employment-centered schools. During the first decades of the twentieth century, America was struggling to define its national core values. Educational theory was seen as a key way to articulate and pass on these values. One pedagogical approach involved developing schools to educate individuals to become thinking and informed citizens; another administrative approach involved creating schools as vocational institutions to educate individuals to become skilled employees. After a brief debate, employment-centered schools emerged as the clear winner. Since that time American schools have been viewed almost exclusively through a vocational lens. The implications of this decision for libraries, schools, and learning are explored.
Issue Date:2016
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Library Trends 64 (3) Winter 2016: 533–555.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89853
ISSN:0024-2594
DOI:10.1353/lib.2016.0009
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright (2016) Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-04-07


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