The Library as Place: History, Community, and Culture

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John Buschman, Gloria J. Leckie
Libraries Unlimited, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 260 pages
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Libraries, as a component of cultural space, are ubiquitous to almost every society during almost every time period. However, as places of cultural and symbolic and intellectual meaning, they have varied greatly. To capture both aspects, this collection of 14 original papers covers library spaces old and new, real and imagined, large and small, public and private. Contributions range from a consideration of the Garrison library in the British Empire, to the Carnegie library as a social institution, to the imagined library in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." The result is a fascinating look at the library as a physical, social, and intellectual place within the hearts and minds of its clientele and the public at large.

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JOHN E. BUSCHMAN holds a B.S. in history and sociology and an M.L.S. - both from Ball State University, and an M.A. in American Studies from Saint Joseph's University. He has published two books: Dismantling the Public Sphere: Situating and Sustaining Libraries in the Age of the New Public Philosophy ( Libraries Unlimited 2003) and Critical Approaches to Information Technology in Librarianship: Foundations and Applications (Greenwood 1993). He is co-editor of the journal Progressive Librarian and on the editorial board of Library Philosophy and Practice.

GLORIA J. LECKIE has an MLIS as well as an MA and PhD in Geography from the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include information-seeking behavior, the work of scholars and professionals, academic librarianship, information literacy and libraries as public space. Gloria is currently on the Board of the Association for Library and Information Science Education, as well as on the Editorial Boards of Library Quarterly and the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science.

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