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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 27, 2005

My thoughts

Is it because reading in English is always difficult to me (even Harry Potter, well, sometimes) that I didn’t find the book particularly more difficult than the others? Actually, the book is kind of illuminating – it answers some questions that are always on my mind. The power of market and economy, the change of the many fields toward economy-driven, market-oriented ones, the missing of the traditional values and many others issues are just what are happening in my own country and what have been confusing me so much when I tried to think of some problems. My issue is not about the author’s sharp arguments which seem very convincing to me, but the future standpoint of our field which the author claims very idealistically. If people (in general, not the philosophers) are greatly influenced and adapting this new public philosophy, do we have the power to stand up against it? BTW, this is the only book that I finished well ahead of class so far :P

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