How to Think Like a Librarian


Is there such a thing? Are there habits of mind uniquely applied by professional librarians? Are these intuitive or taught? How do they make a difference to the decisions we make, the actions we take, and the organizations we represent? Dr. Ken Haycock and Dr. Brooke Sheldon have just completed a book on the foundations of library and information science, beginning with “how to think like a librarian”. Based on our research we perhaps need to add that this is not a humorous after dinner speech, or a defense of the “bunheads” but rather a clear explication of the basic principles of thinking like a professional librarian.