<body><script type="text/javascript"> function setAttributeOnload(object, attribute, val) { if(window.addEventListener) { window.addEventListener('load', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }, false); } else { window.attachEvent('onload', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }); } } </script> <div id="navbar-iframe-container"></div> <script type="text/javascript" src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript"> gapi.load("gapi.iframes:gapi.iframes.style.bubble", function() { if (gapi.iframes && gapi.iframes.getContext) { gapi.iframes.getContext().openChild({ url: 'https://www.blogger.com/navbar.g?targetBlogID\x3d14462747\x26blogName\x3dLIS+950:+Libraries+and+community\x26publishMode\x3dPUBLISH_MODE_BLOGSPOT\x26navbarType\x3dBLUE\x26layoutType\x3dCLASSIC\x26searchRoot\x3dhttp://lis-950.blogspot.com/search\x26blogLocale\x3den_US\x26v\x3d2\x26homepageUrl\x3dhttp://lis-950.blogspot.com/\x26vt\x3d1224404710664714099', where: document.getElementById("navbar-iframe-container"), id: "navbar-iframe" }); } }); </script>

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

Good discussion points Jacob

Jacob has started us out with some good discussion points. I would like to respond briefly and then engage more fully in the class discussion.

Sources of Evidence: Jacob writes: Is Library Journal the best source to demonstrate the “popular concept” of a librarian? If Library Journal is a good source what makes this the case? If not, what other source would be more convincing?"

While I do think that Library Journal does provide insight as to the popular view of the times I do not think that it should be used as the ONLY reference.

One can discern a lot (even from a journal reporting about its own community of practice). It would be great to compare and contrast this with other sources such as newspapers of the day or any personal correspondence.

East and West:

[My assumption is] There had to be a significant divergence in opinion the further one moved away from the New England library establishment. Obviously there would be many motivational differences / influences between established cultural centers such as Boston and frontier towns of the West.

Language:

I had a difficult time with the passage on 21. I am uncomfortable with the "one can safely assume" quote. This is not trivial . . . I think that the early examination of the "5 spinsters" creates the groundwork for much of the remaining chapters. I would have liked to have seen this substantiated in some way . . . even just a simple follow-up quote from a personal account or biography of any of the original five.

2 Comments:

Blogger k8 said...

As someone interested in professional communication and rhetoric, Something like Library Journal would certainly be fair game - and a study could even be tightly focused to look just at that publication - but I do think that for Garrison's project, a wider study would have helped.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Jom said...

I agree especially I found many interesting issues embeded in Garrison's work e.g. social actors, social process, and gender role. Then, to what extent can we, people in this particular of time period, move forward and make use of the historical points raised through library history?

8:09 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home