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"
The Horn Book Magazine had an article this month that ties into what we were talking about this morning with the fiction issue. It's called The Curious Incident of the BBC Radio Show by Madelyn Travis. Apparently, there was a whole panel of people on BBC talking about the dumbing down of society. The pointed to the prevelance of adults reading children's book (esp. Harry Potter) as a sign of this but also blamed reading children's books as the cause of society being dumbed down. The people on the show felt that children's books shouldn't be read by anyone including children because they should be reading classics. It isn't posted online yet, just in the hard copy of the magazine.