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"
Before reading this article I had not heard of a case where a community rejected the construction of a Carnegie Library. The Javersak article exposes the problem of organizations that one might assume are an accurate proxy for community opinion can misjudge true community sentiment on a particular issue (in this case the establishment of a Carnegie Library). It seems to suggest that libraries to some degree need to reflect the will of the community that will pay for the construction and maintenance of library facilities otherwise the community will not support library referenda.