Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105099
Title:
The Reader and the Librarian
Author:
Condon, Scott
Citation:
The Reader and the Librarian 2007,
Issue Date:
2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105099
Submitted date:
2007-08-29
Abstract:
This paper explores the experience of reading from the readerâ s perspective, drawing on research conducted by Louise Rosenblatt and Catherine Sheldrick Ross. Rosenblattâ s transactional theory of reading is described and contrasted with contemporary library practices, and these different approaches serve to exemplify the poles of what she calls the efferent-aesthetic continuum. Library educators and practitioners tend to reside at one end of the continuum and emphasize goal-oriented searching with pre-defined needs and specifically articulated questions; at the other end we encounter the complex cognitive, emotional, imaginative, associative and experiential transactions that engage pleasure readers. The medium of the book is briefly examined, as are the purposive skills that can emerge from the practice of reading for pleasure. To better serve readers, the largest body of library users, it is incumbent upon the library profession to understand the detailed processes and characteristics that constitute the reading experience.
Type:
Conference Paper
Language:
en
Keywords:
Epistemology; Reading; Information Seeking Behaviors; Public Libraries
Local subject classification:
books; books and reading; efferent; efferent-aesthetic continuum; language arts; narrative; pleasure reading; print culture; readers (adult); readers' advisory; reading; reference services; Louise Rosenblatt; Catherine Sheldrick Ross; transactional theory

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCondon, Scotten_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-08-29T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:19:22Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-08-29en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Reader and the Librarian 2007,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105099-
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the experience of reading from the readerâ s perspective, drawing on research conducted by Louise Rosenblatt and Catherine Sheldrick Ross. Rosenblattâ s transactional theory of reading is described and contrasted with contemporary library practices, and these different approaches serve to exemplify the poles of what she calls the efferent-aesthetic continuum. Library educators and practitioners tend to reside at one end of the continuum and emphasize goal-oriented searching with pre-defined needs and specifically articulated questions; at the other end we encounter the complex cognitive, emotional, imaginative, associative and experiential transactions that engage pleasure readers. The medium of the book is briefly examined, as are the purposive skills that can emerge from the practice of reading for pleasure. To better serve readers, the largest body of library users, it is incumbent upon the library profession to understand the detailed processes and characteristics that constitute the reading experience.en_US
dc.format.mimetypedocen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectEpistemologyen_US
dc.subjectReadingen_US
dc.subjectInformation Seeking Behaviorsen_US
dc.subjectPublic Librariesen_US
dc.subject.otherbooksen_US
dc.subject.otherbooks and readingen_US
dc.subject.otherefferenten_US
dc.subject.otherefferent-aesthetic continuumen_US
dc.subject.otherlanguage artsen_US
dc.subject.othernarrativeen_US
dc.subject.otherpleasure readingen_US
dc.subject.otherprint cultureen_US
dc.subject.otherreaders (adult)en_US
dc.subject.otherreaders' advisoryen_US
dc.subject.otherreadingen_US
dc.subject.otherreference servicesen_US
dc.subject.otherLouise Rosenblatten_US
dc.subject.otherCatherine Sheldrick Rossen_US
dc.subject.othertransactional theoryen_US
dc.titleThe Reader and the Librarianen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
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