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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, November 10, 2005

Bowling Alone

Not another doom and gloom book! Now, it's not just the library profession that's doomed, it's all of American society!

I picture the author muttering something along the lines of "Those damned Baby Boomers; it's because of those post-civic cohorts that we're all going to hell in a handbasket now!"

I somehow also wonder if Putnam is thinking along the lines of "What this country needs is another Good War, or Depression!" to strengthen community and galvanize civic engagement. (Should we call this much-needed civic revitalization the Saguaro Cactus approach? See p. 509).

Excuse my sarcasm, but I just finished the book, and I'm very tired.

Irene

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