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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"

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Something about Awa ^_^

Hi all,
My name is Xiaohua Zhu which few people here are able to pronounce, so I'm known as Awa – a name that I gave to myself randomly only to make people feel easy to call me. Before I came to the United States last year, I just got my master's degree in library science from Sun Yat-sen University, a beautiful university in South China. And before that, I got one bachelor's degree in information science and another from computer science.

Now it is my second year in LIS PhD program and the 21st year in my "school life", and I'm still wandering in the field, looking for a clear direction for future study. Technology background didn't give me the passion to create new things – although of course I'm fascinated by the digital products, instead it leads me to care more about people, as individual and as a member of a group. What are people's attitudes to technology? How can technology serve people best? Another area that attracts me most is the academic libraries and their users. Coming from a developing country, I deeply feel the importance of the academic libraries and the indifference that many people show to them.

I've been looking forward to this course for a long time, because I am sure that I'll learn a lot about American libraries from this course, which interests me very much. However, I'm not very sure whether I can contribute much because I'm from a country where there is no clear concept of "community". I look forward to meeting you all tomorrow and learning from you all.

- Awa

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