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Honouring a Love of Books and Reading in Library & Information Science
Canadian Association for Information Science (2022)
  • Paulette Rothbauer, Western University
  • Marni R. Harrington, University of Western Ontario
This paper presents the findings of a research study into the “love of books” trope in Library and Information Science. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 23 MLIS students in Winter and Summer terms of 2019. Interview questions were designed to elicit motivations for entering the field and taking the degree. The study findings show that students’ decisions are animated by a love of books and reading, a love of libraries, and by a desire to work with and serve others. We argue that by putting love and desire at the centre of analysis the findings can be understand as positive affective engagement with information, information processes, information institutions, and information practices.
  • LIS pedagogy,
  • books and reading,
  • qualitative interviews,
  • theories of love,
  • affect and information,
  • libraries
Publication Date
June 8, 2022
Proceedings of the 50th Annual Conference of CAIS / Actes du congrès annuel de l'ACSI
Citation Information
Paulette Rothbauer and Marni R. Harrington. "Honouring a Love of Books and Reading in Library & Information Science" Canadian Association for Information Science (2022)
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