History of Libraries

History of Libraries

This course covers the history of libraries from earliest times to the present day. It includes specific institutions, trends in service and facilities, and individuals important in the development of these institutions. While the primary focus of the course is libraries in the Western World, consideration of libraries in other traditions will be covered as source material allows. The objectives of the course include gaining a broad perspective on the history of libraries, an understanding of the history of libraries in the context of socio-cultural, political and economic developments, and an understanding of historical methods both through the analysis of primary sources related to the history of libraries and through critical reading of texts on the history of libraries. Course material includes lectures and discussions. There are several writing assignments. Course outline is from Summer 2013 online course.

Class Name History of Libraries
Host School Simmons College
Class Identifier LIS 532C
Credit Value 3 Credit Hours
Faculty Kathy Wisser
Course Tool (Online) Moodle
Class Description This course covers the history of libraries from earliest times to the present day. It includes specific institutions, trends in service and facilities, and individuals important in the development of these institutions. While the primary focus of the course is libraries in the Western World, consideration of libraries in other traditions will be covered as source material allows. The objectives of the course include gaining a broad perspective on the history of libraries, an understanding of the history of libraries in the context of socio-cultural, political and economic developments, and an understanding of historical methods both through the analysis of primary sources related to the history of libraries and through critical reading of texts on the history of libraries. Course material includes lectures and discussions. There are several writing assignments. Course outline is from Summer 2013 online course.
Class Disclaimer Please allow 2 weeks for grade processing after the end date of the course. Check that this delay will not interfere with deadline dates at your school for graduation or financial aid.
Delivery Asynchronous
Start and End Date June 22nd, 2015 - August 1st, 2015
Start and End Time
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Days of Week
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Last Add Day May 22nd, 2015
Residency Start and End Date No Residency
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