of Library & Information Science,
LIS 61095 -
History of Libraries in the Western World
- details and assignments subject to change
61095 History of Libraries in the Western World http://www.slis.kent.edu/
Have you ever wondered how libraries, archives, and other cultural
institutions evolved to become what they are today? The History of
Libraries course examines the origins,
development, and importance of European and North American libraries and
archives from antiquity to the twenty-first century. Readings and lively
discussion are the core features of this course where you learn about the
various libraries within their cultural context. Videos and movie clips
provide visual examples of how libraries fit in the past, present, and
Alberto. The Library at Night. New Haven, CT: Yale University
Harris, Michael H.
History of Libraries in the Western World. 4th edition
Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1995.
Libraries and Librarianship in the West: A Brief History. NY: McGraw
Libraries through the Ages. NY: The Continuum Publishing Company,
Libraries & Culture Vol. 35, No. 1, Winter, 2000 Special Issue:
Library History Research in America (available through JSTOR) especially
Gracy II, David B. “The
History of the Library in Western Civilization: A Review Essay”
Libraries & the
Vol. 42, No. 4 (2007): 438–444. (available through Kentlink on EJC)
Books and readings
are on reserve or e-reserve at KSU Libraries & at the Columbus SLIS
- Discuss the
development and role of libraries from the ancient world to the
- Compare and
Contrast about the rise of the different types of libraries.
- Discuss how the
development of European libraries differs from that of American and
- Contextualize how
the invention of printing and the rise of literacy influenced the rise
- Describe how
others see libraries and librarians
delivered online from June 10 through July 14, 2013.
Contact Information: Office Hours
Mondays 4-6pm and by appointment via e-mail or Google Chat. SLIS Telephone
330-672-2782 (Kent) & 614-291-1001 (Columbus), home 614-239-8977, e-mail:
email@example.com . Students are expected to communicate with the
instructor using a kent.edu e-mail address.
and Grading Policies: (for
details about assignments click here)
Five 1 page analytical
reviews of articles or books from required or optional readings,
with discussion of the reading lead by students. - 5 points each
(total 25 points) due every Sunday at 11:59pm except week five is due
Friday at 11:59pm.
How to Read a Book for suggestions about how to read books and
5-7 page paper
about a library of your
choice with annotated bibliography. The paper topic to be presented by 3rd
session - 30 points - due last day of class -
Paper Topic Proposal due June 16, paper
due July 14 @ 11:59pm
posts - one original on Wednesday, two comments by Friday at 11:59pm.
See syllabus for details. (20 points)
Reflection journals -
reflect on what you learned this week. Use the Historical Thought
Questions to focus your thoughts (25 points)
Total – 100 points
100-94 A, 93-90 A-, 89-87 B+, 86-84 B, 83-80 B-,
79-77 C+, 76-73 C, 73-70 C-, 69-60, D, 59, below F
will have 1 point deducted for every day they are late (excluding
weekends) without permission from the instructor.
Responsibilities: Students are
- Read the
assignments, participate in the discussion boards and the reflective
journal, write the assigned projects and
papers and attend class each week by listening to the lectures, etc.
- Inform the instructor if they know they will miss a session.
Links to websites &