Sense-Making and Library History

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Orvin Lee Shiflett, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: A few days before leaving for Philadelphia I was asked to read over a manuscript written by Don Davis, professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and one of his doctoral students at Texas, Jon Aho, in which they were kind enough to mention my name, identifying me as a "library historian." I had never really thought of myself as a library historian and am really not sure of exactly what that means—I presume someone who does histories of libraries as opposed to real history. I am not a real historian. I was an English major. The only official course work I have had in history consists of a course taken as an undergraduate at the University of Florida (UF)—a survey of English history—taught by an elderly gentleman who was a holdover from the days before 1947 when UF was a male school. His entire series of lectures quickly degenerated into a series of dirty jokes about Henry VIII, which he told while carefully watching the reactions of the women in the class. This experience, plus a short course in historical methods taken at the insistence of my major professor at Florida State University (FSU) during my doctoral work there, of which I can remember nothing, accounts for my entire academic background in history.

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Journal of Education for Library and Information Science
Language: English
Date: 2000
Library Studies, Library History

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