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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"

Monday, September 19, 2005

My Paper Prososal

In the 1990s, to meet the growing need of information and communication among librarians serving Genealogists, a loosely organized group of professional librarians across the United States formed the "Librarians Serving Genealogists" professional group, with a corresponding website and listserv.

I wish to examine the archived posts to this listserv from its inception until the present, in order to examine the role of this listserv in establishing and promoting Community among these librarians, both geographically and over time. As it is early in the Semester, I do not know yet what I approach I will use in this research, but I look forward to this project.



Blogger k8 said...

It sounds like your project is somewhat ethnographic. This probably isn't considered legitimate use of my instructor access to course reserves, but here is the list of essays/chapters on reserve for Rob Howard's Comm Arts course on ethnography of online communities:

The interpretation of cultures: selected essays by Clifford Geertz, Clifford Geertz (pp. 3-30 "Thick description: toward an interpretive theory of culture", pp. 412-453 "Deep play: notes on the Balinese cockfight")
Preface, Derek Freeman, Margaret Mead and Samoa: the making and unmaking of an anthropological myth
A diary in the strict sense of the term, Bronislaw Malinowski (pp. vii-xxxi "Preface" & "Introductions", pp. 3-29 "excerpt one", pp. 254-291 "excerpt two")
Writing culture: the poetics of politics of ethnography, eds. james Clifford & George Marcus (James Clifford "Introduction: partial truths", George Marcus "Contemporary problems of ethnography in the modern world system", Paul Robinow "Representations are social facts: modernity and post-modernity in anthropology")
Beyond Malinowski and After Writing Culture: On the Future of Cultural Anthropology and the Predicament of Ethnography., George E. Marcus, Australian Journal of Anthropology; Aug2002, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p191, 9p
Ethnography in/of the world system: The emergence of multi-sited ethnography., George E. Marcus, Annual Review of Anthropology; 1995, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p95, 23p
Disrupting the field: Virtual reality technologies and "multisited" ethnographic methods, Nicola Green, The American Behavioral Scientist. Thousand Oaks: Nov/Dec 1999.Vol.43, Iss. 3; pg. 409, 14 pgs
Inventing personal computing, Paul Ceruzzi, The social shaping of technology
Lessons from the history of internet, Manuel Castells, Internet galaxy: reflections on the internet, business, and society
There is a there there: notes toward a definition of cybercommunity, Steve Jones, Doing internet research: critical issues and methods for examining the net
Interpreting soap operas and creating community inside a computer-mediated fan culture, Nancy K. Baym, Journal of Folklore Research, Vol. 30, No. 2/3, 1993.
Gaia: a new look at life on earth, James Lovelock (pp. iix-xiv "Preface", pp. 1-11 "Introductory", pp. 12-29 "In the beginning")

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