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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, October 05, 2005

the Golden Age

One thing that struck me while reading Anderson --- she's describing the golden age. Many of the previous works that we have read talk about this mythic golden age -- where the library was this gorgeous place of equality and a center of art and literature in the community, but went on to say that this golden age never existed. Anderson's article makes the early 1920's 135th St. Branch Library sound just like the golden age. She literally calls it The Place To Go. Isn't that like The Library Ideal of all library ideals? How was this possible and why does it appear to be so elusive in library history right up to today?

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