Academic librarians’ attitudes about civic- mindedness and service-learning



Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title


University of Chicago Press


While discourse on the civic engagement of libraries as institutions is plentiful, there has been little discussion of librarians as individuals. Librarianship is more than being a trustee of information. It includes responsibility for the common good. Libraries provide tools for education on social and political issues, but they can also collaborate in activities that improve wellbeing in their communities. Participating in service-learning is one way that librarians on academic campuses can get involved. This study used a standardized scale to measure civic-mindedness among academic librarians and examine characteristics and activities, including service-learning, related to variation in its scores. Results indicated that while most respondents made financial or service contributions, the group mean on the civic-mindedness scale was only moderate. Librarians who volunteered, had interest in service-learning, or participated in community activities were more civic-minded than professionals who did not. Implications to the profession are discussed.


Embargo until June 2017


Service learning, Education, Attitudes, Librarians


Maureen Barry, Laura A. Lowe, and Sarah Twill, "Academic Librarians’ Attitudes about Civic-Mindedness and Service Learning," The Library Quarterly 87, no. 1 (January 2017): 1-16.