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Date of this Version

October 2008


Nazli Alkan The Importance and Influence of Philosophical Thinking for Librarians (html) PDF September 2008 This paper explores the importance and influence of the adoption of philosophical thinking by today's librarians and to encourage them in such thinking. The principal findings of the paper include the following: that the librarian's philosophical thinking is a process through which something is systematically and critically questioned in the framework of the library, the librarian and the profession of librarianship; related meanings, values and purposes are identified; and a meaningful judgement is reached. Although there are some librarians today who are engaged in intellectual activity and seek answers to ‘whys', there is still need to draw the attention of most librarians to philosophical thinking.