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"
I'm going to look at Booklegger magazine issues 1-16 from 1973 to 1976. This is a counter culture librarian magazine published in California. I'm going to focus in on the youth services articles, using the ALA Youth Services division journal and meeting information as mainstream comparisons. CCBC also has newsletters that include the workshops that they were offering for youth librarians at this time that might be interesting to look at. So far one of the most interesting things that has jumped out at me is the intellectual freedom issue. The librarians seem to be having a difficult time both supporting intellectual freedom and bashing sexist books.