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ERIC Number: EJ861884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9670
Learning on the Job: Collection Management, and Aspects of Cross-Cultural Provision
Blackburn, Fiona
Australian Library Journal, v58 n3 p312-325 Aug 2009
What does a newcomer to the library industry bring, at nearly fifty? What does she find? Reflecting on her experience and a recent study tour, the author describes the barely-skilled-although-nominally-qualified challenge; and discusses current cross-cultural provision. She muses on the interplay between a new librarian's fresh eyes, experience and strong commitments; racism; possible sources of prejudice; organisational focus; and place, in shaping provision. That public libraries have a strategic and comprehensive approach to cross-cultural provision is a particular concern. Where Indigenous knowledge collections have unrestricted access, effort should be put into building non-Indigenous engagement with the riches in these collections. This will serve to strengthen the library's position in the community and, in expanding non-Indigenous patrons' knowledge of their community, build cross-cultural understanding. (Contains 10 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia