Week 4 Notes
Week 4 Notes LIS 4000 - 2
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by ZacharyVanStanley on Sunday October 11, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to LIS 4000 - 2 at University of Denver taught by Heather M. Ryan in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 19 views. For similar materials see Foundations of Library, Archival, and Information Science in Education and Teacher Studies at University of Denver.
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Date Created: 10/11/15
US 400 Foundations of LAS Week 4 Notes Zach Van Stanley Class started out with guest speakers Jamie LaRue amp Demetria Heath Jamie detailed his work as a library director specifically in regards to his work in fighting censorship He gave specific examples of dealing with users requesting books removed from collections These tended to be from conservative Christian groups that were well organized and prepared Nevertheless Jamie was prepared and was able to deter such requests after communicating with requesters both one on one and at assemblies His points for how to handle such situations are condensed in the following 0 Be kind and do not escalate the situation 0 Actively listen to the complaint 0 Read the book in question 0 Assess the popularity of the book based on checkouts 0 Use the checkout rate to determine if the book should stay 0 If the book should stay based on this criterion explain to the user why 0 Offer to order materials that suit the needs of the user This last point is the most important Jamie consistently emphasized the point that libraries are in the business of adding materials and not removing them The second speaker Demetria actually requested a book to be removed in the past The book was a children s book about fairies that featured incredibly racist images that she worried would negatively affect her daughter She brought her complaint to Jamie for consideration Jamie agreed that the book was racist but that the book would be a good tool for parents to explain the world to their children He decided that the book would not be bought again but would not be weeded Demetria ended up becoming an integral part of the library board after this and even ended up fighting censorship After this we moved on to class discussions These are summarized as follows 1 Aurelia Mandani Should libraries provide internet access to users and does this take away from other services 2 Laura Summers s competition good for libraries and are awards a good thing 3 Paul Worrell What do you think of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and the Threshold Concepts outlined by the ALA 4 Dannae Miller How can we mend the digital divide and are American youth behind European youth We discussed these and many different opinions were given The basic consensus was as follows 1 Libraries are here to provide access to information not just books 2 Healthy competition is good for libraries as are rewards but the ultimate goal of serving users must be maintained 3 The concepts are interesting and have potential but they need work and need to be trimmed ofjargon 4 The situation with Europe is more complex than it first seems and libraries are a good hope for mending the digital divide For more information on this visit httpscanvasdueducourses17682discussion topics106714module item id287097 For more information send me a message
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