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Wednesday, February 7 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Historical Perspectives SIG: History and Theory, Past and Future: Understanding the Changing Ideals of Professional Service

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Research on the history of the field includes both theoretical and applied studies, and this panel incorporates both perspectives in four papers. 
First, a theoretical interpretation of the political status of public libraries based on the work of Theda Skocpol and Elisabeth Clemens allows for an alternative analysis of U.S. public libraries’ early history, particularly the work of women in leadership positions.  Next, and moving forward to mid-century America, the origins of an urban public library in St. Louis, Missouri developed in a neighborhood once dominated by immigrant communities and razed in the 1970s, illuminate the purpose-driven urban librarianship of the 1960’s and ‘70’s.  Further, the Clark-Atlanta University LIS program also began in the mid-twentieth century, and examination of its rise and closure frames a timely discussion of how minority-serving institutions (MSIs) can advance LIS education.  Finally, evaluating the history of user-oriented ideals in the profession leads to the identification of two dominant schools of thought, a synthesis of which girds a proposed third-wave of design thinking about user-centered service in the twenty-first century.
Papers include:  "The Political Place: Public Libraries and Public Administration" (Latham); "Hope in the Urban Desert:  The Libraries of Pruitt-Igoe" (Bossaler & Freeland): "LIS Education & HBCUs," (Ndumu); and "Toward  a Third Wave of User-Centered Librarianship" (Clarke).

Wednesday February 7, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm MST
Cotton Creek I