Document Type

Article

Date

1-2018

Keywords

design, librarianship, library science, epistemology

Language

English

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Description/Abstract

The design of information tools and services is an integral component of librarianship, yet American librarianship has self-identified as a social science for more than 100 years. This paper suggests an alternative epistemological perspective to the scientific tradition in librarianship: design epistemology. The paper discusses key elements that comprise design epistemology and presents examples of manifestations of these elements in librarianship. Analysis reveals that librarianship has much in common with design epistemology, yet the field lacks explicit acknowledgement of design as a fundamental epistemological framework. The paper concludes with a call for reconceptualizing librarianship as a design discipline.

ISSN

0024-2519

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1086/694872

Source

submission

Creative Commons License

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