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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"

Thursday, September 29, 2005

The charging desk question

I do not know what I exactly want to make of the central importance Van Slyck places on the charging desk. It almost seems to easy to show the limits the charging desk places on women, but I wonder about the perception of men who worked at the charging desk. Although there was feminization in librarianship male librarians in the United States, seem to be lost in discussion of the impact of the charging desks. In the late 19th and early 20th century, I wonder how charging desks came to be called and utilized elsewhere in the world.

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