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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 15, 2005

Dewey

What about the overuse of Dewey? Jacob mentions the critique of Garrison only using 8 women librarians but what about chapter after chapter about one library leader? He may have been influential but I felt that the points that Garrison was trying to make got lost in the excrutiating detail of Melvil Dewey's life. I could have done without learning about his troubled childhood (among other things).

Possibly people have other ideas and can enlighten me on why this is an effective way to support her argument?

On the supporting of Garrison's sources side, she did use letters and diaries (to bore me to death about Dewey, but still) as well as newspaper clippings and journals. The specific examples that Jacob gave aside, she seemed to me to use a wide range of pertinant sources.

Bridget

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