LIBRARIANS AND LEFT-HANDEDNESS : A SPECULATIVE EXPLORATION
About eleven percent of the world™s population is left-handed, yet casual observation has led me to believe that significantly more than eleven percent of librarians are left-handed. The purpose of this research is to explore both the concept of left-handedness and the profession of librarianship, in an attempt to ascertain any similarities between the two that may lead a larger-than-average number of left-handed people to the library profession. To best explore the implications of left-handedness, the paper examines its causes and physiological implications, specifically those related to laterality and hemisphere dominance. Papers that examine thinking styles in librarianship are also discussed. One of the similarities between the cognitive processes of right-hemisphere dominant (and therefore more likely to be left-handed) people and librarians appears to be the issue of greater adaptability and use of the whole brain in problem solving.
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
librarianship psychological aspects
Date of Publication:04/07/2004