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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 22, 2005

Hays or hazy?

I have just re-read the Hays article and I’m struggling a bit. Similar to Bridget’s reaction, I thought the idea of looking at history while keeping in mind both continuity and change was helpful. I have often felt that many historical writings have focused to much on the change or event and have not examined specific aspects or “components” of continuity. What hasn't changed is just as important to discuss when considering historical contexts. I think that what may be helpful . .. If I had time . . . is to look for an article which adopts Hay's formula in terms of practice. Would be good to read a subsequent article that adheres to these methods as stated on page 53. Maybe Hays (or others) has followed this up with his own examination of history (events) based on his suggestions?

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