more on Dismantling
Like Blaire, I thought some aspects of the arguments presented were one-sided. Libraries are working on creating their own resources, cooperating and encouraging creation of open-access resources, and doing other things to fight the corporatization and commodification of information. They are not just passively accepting the economic status quo. But it is difficult to do this. Libraries are stretched thin by multiple demands and insufficient funds. It does involve funding, even if the model is not corporate.
Well, I'm sorry I missed class. I found this book thought-provoking and in some ways pretty profound. I wish the author had developed his theoretical argument more. It seemed to me that he had his ideas already and then just draped a convenient theoretical framework over them without much attention to what thinkers such as Habermas might really be saying. But there are some good citations in the notes so I can try to follow up and read more of this philosophy-- it seems quite relevant to me.
It was interesting to spend some time at the ALA Archives reading the ALA Executive Board minutes for 1923,1924, 1925. I did not find much I can use for my paper, but my goodness, what a cozy group of old boys this group seems to have been. There was an interesting paper given at the conference about the formation of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round table in the 1970''s and some other issues that Buschman mentions in a later context as well. These issues do seem to be part of the longer term in thinking about what the role of libraries and librarians should be.