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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"

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

More thoughts for Friday

....woops, sorry. I lost my connection.

3. Williams too suggests that the library needs to be considered as having an impact on a social system, though he uses a social-science model to make his point, urging that historians need to pay more attention to theory and predictability. Do you agree that a theory is defined a a systematic statement of the relationship between variables? He offers theories that historians have presented so far, such as "democratic tradition"and ""social control"and offers critiques of these theories. How do you think that the history we have read so far fit s into this suggested approach to history? Is this a useful approach to history? What can we gain if we take this approach to looking at the past?

4. DuMont presents an agenda for analysis of race as a factor in the library profession, after discussion of some of the outlines of this history and some of the questions raised. She presents several themes and suggests that scholarship of the South needs to be related to the history of public library services to Southern blacks. What do you think of her suggested agenda in the larger context of the library and minority or disadvantaged populations?

Those are some of the questions I had as I prepared for our discussion on Friday--I think our readings this week presented us with a lot to consider...


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