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  • Traditionally, a final chapter is seen as closing or concluding a book—bracketing the contents like bookends on a shelf. This type of chapter looks back among the other chapters and tells you what you have read and why it might be important. Unfortunately, I don't think I am going to be able accomplish this conventional undertaking with this chapter… nor do I think I want to. This chapter is not here to tie a nice little bow around the book's contents and declare everything well and good. Just as autoethnography challenges the reader to engage and react, this chapter will instead serve to untie the bow, open the box, and spill out its contents. The authors in this volume have crafted remarkable chapters, stories that I am in awe of, and they are truly gifts to you as a reader, as well as to librarianship as a whole. As with any good gifts, they are both personal and thoughtful, and they are meant to be used, shared, displayed, and celebrated. So let's agree to think of this chapter as not offering up the final word on autoethnography and librarianship, but instead an open invitation for other librarians to write the next chapter, and the next, and the next…

publication date

  • 2017

chapter number

  • 16

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 347

end page

  • 358