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"
My project will center around Ph.D. programs in library and information science. Mostly, I am concerned with how these programs developed over time. I think I will focus from the time period of the 1940s to current trends of today, but that may be too broad. Especially interesting to research may be what courses directors and faculty considered essential to doctoral studies. Also, I would like to investigate why students chose to enter into doctoral studies. One document I plan to use is a Ph.D. program proposal by the University of Maryland. I also have a few source materials from the 40s-50s.