Genres of Library Service: Economics, Ideology, Technology, etc.

Seminar | January 31 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

Each library is unique, of course, but there are different types and, historically, there have been large differences between countries, as well as major changes over time. Historical studies have suggested some causal influences but not their relative importance. International comparative studies, popular in the 1970s and 1980s were heavily descriptive with little explanatory analysis. I will review issues that seem to me important for the interpretation and explanation of differences.