Come Join us for the 4th Installment in ASIS&T’s Meet the Author Series on November 4th at 12:00PM EDT to hear from our expert Wayne Wiegand, author of Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library (2015).
Friday, November 4, 2016, 12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT
Falling Short of Their Profession’s Needs: Education and Research in Library & Information Studies
In Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library (2015), I discovered people loved their public libraries for three main reasons: access to practical information; the library as a place; and the transformative potential commonplace stories had for library readers. Because conventional LIS research and education mostly focus on the first, and largely overlook and undervalue the last two, I argue that by not having core courses in “reading and libraries” and “library as place” in American Library Association-accredited programs, and by not conducting much more research on the effects of both, LIS research and education fall short of the profession’s needs.
Wayne A. Wiegand is F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus at Florida State University. Wiegand was cofounding Director of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (est. 1992), and co-founder and first Director of the Florida Book Awards (est. 2006), now the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program. He taught in library schools at the University of Kentucky (1976-86), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987-2002), and Florida State University (2003-2010).