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Library History without Walls: Clio's Decalogue Revamp'd for the Untenur'd.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James V. Carmichael, Professor (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: The neglect of library history is taken for granted, even if it is undeserved, and even if proposals have been regularly advanced for improving its status. One of the most prevalent salvos proposed focuses on interdisciplinarity and publishing outside the field of librarianship . Few if any writers have addressed the problem of how the novice professor with a genuine research interest in library history can meet the requirements of tenure by pursuing a low-status specialty, endure the rigors and expense of historical research, and gain the respect of peers, while at the same time promoting the value of the subject outside the field. This article suggests that in order to survive as library historians and library educators, some of the conventional wisdom surrounding tenure tactics may need to be disregarded or modified.

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Language: English
Date: 1995
Keywords
librarianship, library history, interdisciplinary studies, tenure, historical research, library education