Library and Information Science as a Social Science: Neutral and Normative Conceptions

  title={Library and Information Science as a Social Science: Neutral and Normative Conceptions},
  author={Archie L. Dick},
  journal={The Library Quarterly},
  pages={216 - 235}
  • A. Dick
  • Published 1 April 1995
  • Sociology
  • The Library Quarterly
When library education was institutionalized at universities in the 1920s and 1930s in the United States, it pursued a social scientific path of disciplinary growth guided largely by perspectives in the philosophy of science. In this way, objectivity and neutrality became prominent professional ideals of library education. A different conception of social science denies a disinterested outlook and provides the basis for recent challenges to the profession's traditional perception of itself and… Expand
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