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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"

Friday, October 14, 2005

Something from reading McCook's

I think that there are issues on immigrants and literacy that emphase a wider divide in the environment. I feel that they are embedded in her writing somewhere, and this makes me curious. Also, when I went over the web, I found other works by McCook are on diversity - include Hmong, my focus group.

In a broad sense, this book does lay out issues, factors, examples, cases, historical perspectives related to library and community building. It confirms ideas that might seem simple to the professionals, and that they might be well known and awared of. It is challenging to see McCook facilitate explanations and aspects of complicated issues as something simple. This book, to me, is a large table where ideas are laid out for everyone to see and so it distribute a global picture of the “building community” concept. I am wondering if this book is not only for us in the field, but also for normal users and community members can take parts and share views.

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