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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 19, 2005

some questions

It's my week for leading the discussion. A few questions that I've thought of while reading:

What do each of the authors mean by outreach? It seems to me that they aren't all necessarily using the word the same way.

Given that they use outreach differently and some of the authors use the phrase hardly at all, why did Greg choose these articles for the outreach section of the course? (this is speculative, Greg do not answer). What I'm getting at is how do these four different viewpoints fit into the bigger picture of outreach?

The last article I found especially interesting and my question is who benefits from the encouragement of diversity in librarianship? Given the large amount of debt needed to get a Bachelor's and Master's Degree and the poor pay of librarians what advantage is it to people who might already have cultural setbacks (i.e. anyone who is not a middle class white woman with a rich sugar daddy)) to become a librarian?

That's all for now.



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