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LIS 950: Libraries and community

The purpose of this seminar is to explore an important topic in library and information studies in depth — in all its intertwined historical, cultural, philosophical, and political aspects — through a graduate reading/discussion seminar. The topic varies each time the course is taught; this time around, we will focus on "libraries and community"

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Soojin's Intro

Hello all,

I am Soojin Park, a second-year doctoral student in SLIS. I am from South Korea. I have work experiences as an academic librarian, administrative staff, and researcher in Chonnam National University, Korea. I got my MLIS from University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 2003.

I like to understand people in the context of information behavior on which our intellectual lives are based. Academically, I am interested in documentation and information systems as well as social informatics. Also, communication and linguistics are interesting subjects.

Personally, I understand the libraries as institutionalization of collected information behavior systems in certain societies. From this class, I want to enjoy academic works for defining the identity of libraries (specifically public libraries) in communities and develop my understanding of the libraries. Furthermore, I want to get academic insight for research on historical contexts. If I make a mastery paper in this course, it would be great.

Something from Jom

Hi All,

My name is Jomkwan Polparsi. You can call me Jom. I am from Bangkok, Thailand. This is the third semester of my PhD study, and I am very happy to be here in Madison. To those who are new students, I would say "yes, you have come to the right place." In 1996, I was in Whitewater, Wisconsin, for my master degree in Curriculum and Instruction emphasizing in Library and Information Technology. Then, I returned to Thailand and taught at Bangkok University for 10 years! I also worked in the management level for Central Library, Bangkok University. Well, I could not wait to come back to school!

My research interests vary from organization of information and information systems to users education and library services. They are being narrowed down to topics and issues on copyrights, data protection, the elderly and ICT, movement and migration of ICT in a society, and many more.

This seminar will lead me to learn more about the field of libary science and information technology - especially I am interested in the revolution and migration of technology and culture between generations. Definitely, I am hoping to find an opportunity to develop a mastery paper from this class.

See you on Friday :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Intoduction by Barbara

Hello LIS 950 fellows:
I'm a second-year PhD student in SLIS, but moving rather slowly just now through my program since I am also working full-time as Memorial Library's European History librarian. I decided to come into the SLIS PhD program after many years in the field as a practicing librarian and an MA and completed coursework for a PhD in European History, in addition to an MLS received back in the days when we still used typewriters.
The fascination of living through the online revolution as a participant is what kept me in the library field this long and the desire to learn more about, research, and maybe teach what I have experienced as a participant, combined with the inspiration and encouragement I received when I took Wayne Wiegand's seminar in book and reading history as a "special" student, are what drew me into PhD study in SLIS.. I'm a historian and always will be one, but I am really enjoying the broader horizons provided by my SLIS study so far. Our field is really exciting and dynamic!
lI am hoping that this seminar will give me the opportunity to begin work on my first mastery paper. See you soon....Barbara

Monday, August 29, 2005

My Introduction

Hello everyone.

I am a second year PhD student in Library and Information Studies with a minor is Science and Technology Studies. I have a BS in Physics with minors in Library Science and Mathematics from UW-Eau Claire and my MLIS from UW-Milwaukee. My switch from physics to LIS needs some explanation.

In the summer of 1999, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), I served as an intern at the National Aeronautical and Space Administration’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Library in Greenbelt, Maryland. I applied, thinking that I would work as a physics intern at a National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) center. But reviewer Laureen Summers was surprised and delighted with my particular combination of disciplines—a physics major combined with minors in mathematics and library science. She suggested I work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Library because NASA had a great mentor in the library who could take advantage of my unique educational background. During this internship I designed and implemented the Engineering Web Channel that brought together all NASA GSFC Engineering Resources together in one place (If anyone wants to see the channel let me know and I will post how to access the Channel). Upon completion of the internship, I discovered a career path that would unite my passion for physics with library science, that of a scientific librarian.

Currently I am conducting research about the information seeking behaviors of astronomers. This research will be used for my first Mastery Demonstration paper that is due in December. I hope to have my second Mastery Demonstration come from the research paper in this class.

I also have a Carnegie-Whitney Award from the American Library Association to create "Children and Young Adults with Muscular Dystrophy: An Annotated Bibliography." Over the summer I presented my preliminary work on the Annotated Bibliography in Cincinnati, OH and Denver, CO.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

My Intro

Hi All!

I'm working on a double degree - a PhD in Composition & Rhetoric (part of English) and a MA at SLIS. My sub-areas in comp/rhet are literacy studies and critical theory and rhetoric. I just completed/passed prelims in my PhD program, and I am somewhere in the second year of coursework at SLIS. My dissertation will focus on the Americanization Aovement during the first half of the 20th century and library involvement in that movement, particularly in the form of literacy and civic education programming.

While I don't have kids to send to school in the morning, I am very happy about getting an extra half hour of sleep on Friday mornings!! Honestly, I would keep vampire hours if I thought I could get away with it. My circadian rhythms seem to be on a different schedule than those of everyone else in the world.

What else to say about myself...I'm also a TA in the English Department. The building theme of school and work brings us to the unfortunately true conclusion that, for the time being, I don't have time for all of the fun things I would like to do. I'm increasingly understanding this as a bad case of extreme academic masochism.


In order to make sure everyone is able to post successfully to our class weblog, I'd like to ask that each student post a short introduction to the weblog -- who you are, what degree you're pursuing and why, and what you hope to get out of this class. Cheers,


First class this Friday

Hi folks, if you're reading this post you've discovered the course weblog. Click on the link for the official course web site on the left and you can view the syllabus and readings for the entire semester.

One note: Our first class coming up this Friday will begin at 9:30am rather than 9am as the registrar's information suggests. The extra half-hour gives folks a chance to catch morning buses and drop kids off at school (including me). I'll expect you to use the extra time in reading and posting to the weblog each week.

See you Friday,