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 Hays article makes history sound slippery and hard to hold on to -- I thought the idea of looking at history while keeping in mind both continuity and change was helpful. Especially as I'm thinking about the research paper right now and it's hard to tie down a "time period" with hard edges on both sides that I can fit what I'm looking at into. This was hard to do and the way that I chose to do it was to pick the date when the journal began because something significant must have pushed the journal into being and ended the period that I looked at it when they had financial troubles because of the earthquake (I got this from reading issue 16, also Ginny stopped getting the journal then so I'm assuming there is some sort of a gap before it started up again). Also, three years seemed like enough time to really look at something, but not so much time that the issues changed too much from beginning to end.