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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, October 20, 2005

For Friday

I found it interesting in Dain's article how the library's programs and meeting space offered to outside groups restricted not only religious groups, but also the women suffragists.

In both Dain and Fain's articles, I also found it interesting that for all the outreach programs libraries offered, there was the continued emphasis on the "right books," even in the non-English language books.

With all the emphasis on programs, as well as all those "good" and "right" books to "Americanize" the immigrants, doesn't it make you think about Fain's claim that "the public library was crucial - not, I think, because of its special programsfor immigrants or because of the social reform views of its employees, but because it was the major source of influential books which transmitted powerful ideas and changed lives."

Irene

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