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Kranich: Academic Librarians positioned to advance the institution's civic mission

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Kranich, N. C. (2010). Academic Libraries As Hubs For Deliberative Democracy.  Journal of Public Deliberation, 6(1),  n.p. I just discovered this article, which is further proof of why librarians should be involved with service-learning.  Kranich writes:  "By repositioning themselves to advance the civic mission of higher education, academic librarians are poised to become essential partners and catalysts for preparing the next generation to participate in a flourishing 21st century democracy."  Of course, supporting service-learning is just one way that we are positioned to do this - but it's such an exciting and rewarding part of preparing students for life beyond academe. Kranich also writes:  "When academic librarians explore future directions, they inevitably expand and broaden their roles on campus." I would also argue that we will expand and broaden our rules in the community.  And don't both of these roles help us prove our worth and value?