1. Jan 17 Nature and schedule of the course; Introduction to and a framework for study of the history of theinformation domain; What is the Information Domain?
2. Jan 24 Nature of Historical study, Principal questions of History, and the nature of historical writing
Read: “Philosophy of History” in Encyclopedia Britannica Online (through University Libraries website)
Handlin, Harvard Guide to American History segments on the reading list
What does it mean to “tell a story” and is History more than a story?
How can one tell good history from bad history?
What is objective, analytical history and can it be done in a “popular” format?
What is “revisionist” history?
Is there an historical method or methods? If so, what?
What are external and internal evidence in historical study?
What is the job of the historian?
Present state of historical thought and consciousness in the information domain
Read: McMullen, “The State of the Art of Writing Library History,” and comments, 432-450
Holley, “The Past as Prologue,” 110-127
Harris, “The Intellectual History of American Public Librarianship,” 232-237
Davis and Aho, “Whither Library History?” 21-35
Cox, “On the Value of Archival History in the United States,” 182-200
Rayward, “The History and Historiography of Information Science: Some Reflections,” 7-21
What are the concerns of these historians regarding the study and writing of history in their fields?
What are the similarities and differences in the concerns?
3. Jan 31 Histories of components of the information domain:
Read: Bradsher and Pacifico, “History of Archives Administration,” 18-33
Duranti, “The Odyssey of Records Managers,” 29-60
Rubin, “From Past to Present: The Library’s Mission and Its Values,” 207-264
Carignan, “‘And a Handful of Visionaries’: A History of Library Preservation,” 165-205
Buckland and Liu, “History of Information Science,”272-312
What is the nature, distinctiveness of each field?
What are the salient points of the development of each field, when did they occur, and in what context?
At what points do the fields intersect: in their nature and purpose? chronologically?
At what points are the fields unassociated or in conflict: in their nature and purpose? chronologically?
What are the issues on the historians’ agendas and what questions are these historians asking?
HISTORICAL PRACTICE PAPER (FIRST ASSIGNMENT) DUE
4. Feb 7 Review principal periods of and watersheds in the History of Western Civilization
Read: the principal article and follow multiple links to extend your knowledge: “History of Western Civilization,” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_western_civilization; “Western Culture,” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_culture;
Information Domain Before Gutenberg and Simancas
Read: Lerner, Story of Libraries, 13-50, 81-95
Duranti, “The Odyssey of Records Managers,” 29-47
Review Rubin, Bradsher and Pacifico
Review principal periods of and watersheds in the History of the United States
Read: “History of the United States at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_United_States, including articles for each timeline
5. Feb 14 Laying the Foundation of the Emergence, 1500-1700
Read: Martin, The History and Power of Writing, “Forms and Functions of Writing: Fifteenth-Eighteenth Centuries,” 283-330
Williamson, “Thomas Bennet and the Origins of Analytical Bibliography,” 177-186
Ortega y Gasset, “The Mission of the Librarian,” 190-213
a work of your choice from the reading list
6. Feb 21 Historical development of the traditions of information organization (Miksa)
Read: Miksa texts
7. Feb 28 The Role of Technological Developments in Advancing/Revolutionizing Activity of/within the Information Domain
Read: Craig, “The Introduction of Copying Devices into the British Civil Service, 1877-1889,” 105-133
Yates, “Communication Technology and the Growth of Internal Communication,” 21-64
Daniels, “The Ingenious Pen: American Writing Implements from the Eighteenth Century to the Twentieth,” 312-324
Read the principal article and follow multiple links to extend your knowledge: Microform at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microfilm;
Paper at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper;
Photography at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography#History_of_photography;
Sound recording at: http://www.compapp.dcu.ie/~cdaly/topicsincomputing/music/inet/wiki/Sound%20recording%20-%20Wikipedia.htm;
Office Equipment and Supplies at the 1876 Centennial Exposition at: http://www.earlyofficemuseum.com/centennial%20exposition.htm
Robertson, “The Information Revolution,” 203-217 (8-36)
8. Mar 6 The Period of the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1860
Read: Black and Muddiman, “Information Society before the Computer,” 3-52
Posner, “Some Aspects of Archival Development Since the French Revolution,” 159-172
Panitch, “Liberty, Equality, Posterity?: Some Archival Lessons from the Case of the French Revolution,” 30-47
Bell, “The Information Society,” 500-554
Lerner, Story of Libraries, 124-134, 143-148
DEADLINE FOR MEETING WITH INSTRUCTOR ON RESEARCH TOPIC
9. Mar 20 Age of (Scientific) Energy, 1860-1900
Read: Higginbotham, Our Past Preserved: A History of American Library Preservation, 1876-1910: “In the Beginning,” “The Environment as Enemy,” 5-26, “Precautions for Readers,” 43-49, “Influences of Rare Books…,” 163-175
Duchein, “The History of European Archives and the Development of the European Archival Profession,” 14-24
Posner, “Max Lehmann and the Genesis of the Principle of Provenance,” 36-44
Barritt, “Coming to America: Dutch Archivistiek and American Archival Practice,” 43-54
Garrison, Apostles of Culture, “Social Ideals of Early Library Leaders,” 36-63
Wiegand, Irrepressible Reformer, “Columbia College, 1883-1888,” 77-108 (available online)
10. Mar 27 Emergence of Documentation and Professionalization, Innocence through Depression, 1900-1940
Read: Garrison, Apostles of Culture, “”Feminization: Symbol and Reality,” 173-185, “Maid Militant,” 206-225
Rayward, “The Origins of Information Science and the International Institute of Bibliography/International Federation for Information and Documentation (FID),” 22-33
Fayet-Scribe, “The Cross-Fertilization of the U.S. Public Library Model and the French Documentation Model through the French Professional Associations between World War I and World War II,” 181-192
Birdsall, “Archivists, Librarians, and Issues during the Pioneering Era of the American Archival Movement,” 457-479
Higginbotham, “‘To Preserve the Best and Noblest Thoughts of Man’: American Beginnings,” 2-17
Galloway, “Archives, Power, and History: Dunbar Rowland and the Beginning of the State Archives of Mississippi (1902-1936), 79-116
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING AND DISCUSSING INITIAL TEXT OF TERM PAPER
11. Apl 3 The Revolution Creating the Information Domain, 1940-present: Library and Information Science Realms
Read: Lilley and Trice, “Information Science: 1945-1968,” and “Nonconventional Information Systems: 1948-1968,” 1-42
Harmon, “On the Evolution of Information Science,” 235-241
Hahn, “Pioneers of the Online Age,” 116-131
Dillon, “Information Architecture in JASIST: Just where did we come from?” 821-823
Buckland, “Documentation, Information Science, and Library Science in the U.S.A.,” 159-170
Dain, “American Public Libraries and the Third Sector: Historical Reflections and Implications,” 56-84
Miksa, “The Cultural Legacy of the ‘Modern Library’ for the Future,” 100-119
12. Apl 10 The Revolution Creating the Information Domain, 1940-present: Archival and Preservation Realms
Read: Stapleton, “Jenkinson and Schellenberg: A Comparison,” 75-86
Kahn, et al., “Documenting American Cultures Through Three Generations,” 147-158
Posner, “What, Then, Is the American Archivist, This New Man?” 159-167
Galvin, “Convergence or Divergence in Education for the Information Professions,” 7-14
Rasmussen, “No Hurry Whatever,” 10-42
Peterson, “The National Archives and the Archival Theorist Revisited,” 125-133
“History of the Barrow Lab, or, The Thirty Years that Revolutionized Paper,” 72-80
Darling and Ogden, “From Problems Perceived to Programs in Practice: The Preservation of Library Resources in the U.S.A., 1956-1980,” 9-29
13. Apl 17 (Re)Consideration of the Breadth and Intersections of the History of the Information Domain
Read: Black and Muddiman, “Reconsidering the Chronology of the Information Age,” 237-243
What are the watershed events or periods?
Revisiting questions of sessions 2 and 3, what topics most need to be studied to broaden and deepen our knowledge of the history of the Information Domain?
TERM PAPER DUE
14. Apl 24 Presentation and Discussion of Papers
15. May 1 Presentation and Discussion of Papers