Library Trends 52 (4) Spring 2004: Pioneers in Library and Information Science

 

Library Trends 52 (4) Spring 2004: Pioneers in Library and Information Science. Edited by W. Boyd Rayward

Underlying this collection of papers is a belief in the value of history in helping us to achieve a reasonably full understanding of current trends of development in what we might call society's "knowledge apparatus" and in the institutional arrangements to which libraries and information services are central. Such a historically based understanding presents a richer, more considered context for planning for the future than would otherwise be possible. I am intrigued by the paradox that history is only in part about the past. History provides us with a way to think about the present and the future. Because we can never know it directly, it is actually constituted and reconstituted by what we bring to it from our ever-changing presents. It offers the opportunity to question both simplistic descriptions and quick and easy explanations of what seems to be happening, what seems to be the case in the present. It also offers the opportunity from the ever-changing perspective of the present to go back to reassess what seems to have happened, what seems to have been the case in the past and how it has influenced the present. It is this dialectical process that keeps history as a discipline always unfinished and alive.


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  • Hansen, Debra Gold (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2004)

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  • Zandonade, Tarcisio (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2004)
    This article examines the project of Jesse Hauk Shera (1903–82), carried out originally in association with his colleague Margaret Egan, of formulating an epistemological foundation for a library science in which ...

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  • Maack, Mary Niles (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2004)
    During her thirty years at the Bibliothèque Nationale (BN), Suzanne Briet (1894–1989) made important theoretical, organizational, and institutional contributions to the documentation movement in France. This article ...

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  • La Barre, Kathryn A. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2004)
    Research during the 1950s in library and information science refl ected the intense intellectual foment and fervor of the time. As a master’s student of library science at Western Reserve University (WRU) in 1952, Phyllis ...

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  • Kimball, Melanie A.; Jenkins, Christine A.; Hearne, Betsy (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2004)
    Effie Louise Power (1873–1969) represented the high standard of collaboration among children’s librarians that characterized the entire development of youth services work. This article examines Power’s role in U.S. ...

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