What is international librarianship?
In thinking about writing this post, we came across this definition from 1974 and present it here as a starting point for some discussion. The first question then is this: Is a definition nearly 40 years old still relevant in a rapidly moving profession?
“International librarianship consists of activities carried out among or between governmental or non-governmental institutions, organizations, groups or individuals of two or more nations, to promote, establish, develop, maintain and evaluate library, documentation and allied services, and librarianship and the library profession generally, in any part of the world” (Parker (1974) p.221).
The International Librarians Network was started to try and give the opportunity to individuals to make connections with like minded professionals from around the world. If we use this definition from Parker as a starting point we can ask ourselves:
- How can we go about bringing an international perspective to our work?
- What does it mean to be an international librarian in 2013 (and beyond)?
- How do you do it, and what benefits does it bring?
- What are the issues that span borders?
We’d really love to hear what you think in the comments below. Perhaps you’d like to share another definition of an international librarian.
Parker, J.S. 1974. International librarianship – a reconnaissance. Journal of Librarianship 6 (4), 219-232.