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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"

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Project Proposal: Hmong in Wisconsin

I am interested in Hmong in Wisconsin. The ideas of this project is an exploration of materials on Hmong and a search for correlation between numbers of Hmong immigrants and numbers of the materials in UW-Madison’s Library collection. Sources for the project include librarians at UW-system campuses, the Historical Society, experts/researchers on Hmong, and materials on UW-system libraries. The project is aimed at answering the following questions:

Question 1: What is the growing number and geographic distribution of Hmong and their communities in Madison and vicinity (or Wisconsin)?

Question 2: What is the pattern of the development Hmong collection in UW-Madison’s Libraries? What appear as top subjects of materials on Hmong? What are the roles of the collection in serving the academic society? Is it related to or used as means to “Americanization” or “Social Control”?

Question 3: How was the first concern on Hmong materials arisen in collection development and acquisition?

Question 4: To what extents have studies on Hmong’s history in Wisconsin been conducted and disseminated to whether both American and Hmong communities?

The findings will not only answer the questions, but also provide information and perspectives on the issues of diversity and movements of new ethnic groups, such as the Hmong, and their impacts on the history of library development especially the collections and services.

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