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Session
Examining Concepts of the Public: Who is Served by Information Services? (SIG-HFIS and SIG-CR)
Time:
Tuesday, 02/Nov/2021:
9:00am - 10:30am

Location: Salon H, Lobby Level, Marriott

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ID: 252 / [Single Presentation of ID 252]: 1
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Topics: Library and Information Science
Keywords: Social diversity, library communities, public libraries, Information Science, vulnerable populations, community archives

Examining Concepts of the Public: Who is Served by Information Services? (SIG-HFIS and SIG-CR)

Jeremy Abbott, Michelle Caswell, Gregory Leazer, Robert Montoya, Safiya Noble

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

The goal of this panel is to define foundational social “boundaries” that libraries typically consider when defining their constituents. Who do librarians, archivists and information specialists serve? In the last decade we have witnessed a general pivot in nomenclature, from the “user” to “community.” What is behind the evolution in this terminology? Is this a simple change in the words we use, or does this reflect a new conceptualization of clientele or “the public?” The goal of this panel is to define foundational social and epistemic “boundaries” that libraries and information institutions typically consider when defining their constituents of interest. As a HFIS-sponsored panel, the idea is to define foundational segments of the 'public sphere' that are of particular note in contemporary social, cultural, political, and geographic spaces and circumstances.



 
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