Organization under digital inversion: A theory for cooperative librarian organizing practices for online textual artifacts


  • Steven L. MacCall Tuscaloosa, Alabama



Theories can provide frameworks with which to construct models for cooperative professional practices. The knowledge organization theorizing of Cutter, Dewey and others leading up to and following the 1876 first meeting of the American Library Association set this precedent for over 130 years of professional librarianship. With the relatively recent advent of the possibility for publishing texts online, librarians are potentially at another epochal time when basic theoretical frameworks for cooperative professional practice are due for re-examination and possible wholesale changes. This paper provides a preliminary theoretical investigation of a framework, digital inversion theory, for thinking about possible the cooperative knowledge organization practices for the existing network of librarians.