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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 17, 2005

Youth

Something that I found interesting about Buildings, Books, and Bytes was that it was written in 1997 and I was in the 18-24 age range at that time. I found some of the things that this age group were saying outrageous. I hadn't paid taxes yet at that age and I wonder how many of the other people in that age range really knew ANYTHING about what they were talking about. They weren't income producing taxing paying people yet and I don't know how accurate their poll responses could possibly be.

One thing that I don't understand at all -- how can librarians be freaking out about bookstores taking over while at the same time lamenting the death of the book? I really don't see how you can have it both ways. Is this the crisis culture that Buschman was talking about?

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