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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"

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Common Sense?

I'm feeling a little cranky because of this book. Of course, it might just be that I'm tired.

It seems as if a lot of what is in here is common sense. Her message seems to be: if you want to get involved in the community, you have to learn about it (hello! isn't this written for librarians, people who know how to aquire information) and then to actually do something. once we do this, the library can take a more prominent place (and, as McCook might say, its rightful place) in the development of the community.

I guess that what I am trying to say/get at, is that a lot of her suggestions seem to introduce ideas already part of library education (well, at least here at slis). I don't feel as if she is telling me something new, and I expect everything I read to tell me something new (even if it is just a little bit of newness or new perspective).



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