FIMS Publications

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Conference Proceeding

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Summer 8-6-2022


Canadian Association for Information Science

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This paper presents the findings of a research study into the “love of books” trope in Library and Information Science. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 23 MLIS students between February and August of 2019. Interview questions were designed to elicit motivations for entering the field and taking the degree. The study findings show that students’ decisions are animated by a love of books and reading, a love of libraries, and by a desire to work with and serve others. We argue that by putting love and desire at the centre of analysis the findings can be understand as positive affective engagement with information, information processes, information institutions, and information practices.


Paper presented via Zoom conference on 8 June 2022.

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Citation of this paper:

Rothbauer, Paulette and Marni Harrington. 2022. "Honouring a Love of Books and Reading in Library and Information Science," 50th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Information Science/l’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information. Presented 8 June 2022.