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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 03, 2005

Thought

Jom, you ask very thought-provoking questions!

Before you post questions to the Pettigrew, Durrance, and Unrugh article (2002), I want to mention that I was struck with the authors' mapping of their findings according to Dervin's sense-mking metaphor. There is the situation/need, the barriers, and the results/outcomes, with is an interesting way to think about online information seeking behavior. However, it would be fascinating also to look at the steps between the barriers and the outcomes/results. I would guess it includes translating those informaiton enabling characteristics into something "techy" but I really have no idea what is involved in this process.

Irene

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