The Gospel of Scholarship: Pierce Butler and a Critique of American Librarianship (Hardback)
  • The Gospel of Scholarship: Pierce Butler and a Critique of American Librarianship (Hardback)

The Gospel of Scholarship: Pierce Butler and a Critique of American Librarianship (Hardback)

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Hardback 366 Pages / Published: 01/04/1992
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Pierce Butler is considered one of library science's greatest intellects. His ideological conflicts with Douglas Waples, social scientist par excellence, became legandary in the 1940s. A humanist himself, Butler initially supported the introduction of social science methods in his seminal Introduction to Library Science (1933), which is reprinted in this volume. Yet he recanted this position late in life, and his critique of American librarianship was that it was becoming scientistic. He argued for something more-a deeper, more spiritual librarianship. In this biography, Richardson provides a well-documented narrative of Butler's life, with appendixes including a complete list of Butler's publications, course offerings, graduate students, and selected sermons.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810824997
Number of pages: 366
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 188 x 149 x 22 mm

...more than just about Butler and the history of book collecting and library education...contributes to the intellectual history of the field. * Library Journal *
...a model of scholarly research and flawless citation practice...a view of 'deep librarianship' that should be discussed broadly at all levels of the profession. * Journal of Academic Librarianship *
...a well-documented narrative of Butler's life... * Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science *
...This work provides much that is new... * The Library Quarterly *
...both scholarly and readable...beautifully presented... * Australian Library Journal *
...thorough and detailed...precisely the kind of analysis and summary of a career that is so sadly lacking in most other biographies of librarians...should serve as a model. * Wilson Library Bulletin *

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