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The Big Ideas

Abstract

In this essay, I focus on the sociality of librarianship in the academic setting. How should we as library workers think about the communities we serve? What mindset should guide our interactions with the people who seek our services? How should library workers think about how we collaborate to serve our public? As a profession, librarianship has a solid public service orientation, evidenced by its best community outreach, advocacy, and hospitality practices. Can Biblical teachings emphasized within the Seventh-day Adventist faith community be foundational for this ethos? Does faith integration matter? Correlating insights from Tuomela on group agency, Lankes on the mission of librarians, and the Biblical teachings on Discipleship, Second Coming, and Sabbath, I suggest the integration of work and faith is evidenced by a dispositional orientation that finds expression in a we-mode library sociality.

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