Tunnel Vision and Blind Spots: What the past Tells Us about the Present; Reflections on the Twentieth-Century History of American Librarianship

@article{Wiegand1999TunnelVA,
  title={Tunnel Vision and Blind Spots: What the past Tells Us about the Present; Reflections on the Twentieth-Century History of American Librarianship},
  author={W. Wiegand},
  journal={The Library Quarterly},
  year={1999},
  volume={69},
  pages={1 - 32}
}
  • W. Wiegand
  • Published 1999
  • Sociology
  • The Library Quarterly
The twentieth-century American library is one of this nation's most understudied yet ubiquitous institutions, possessing a rich history of service to millions of users who over the generations have variably appropriated library collections and services for multiple purposes. For the most part, however, the library and information science (LIS) research community has failed to analyze the deeper meanings of these appropriations or to evaluate their significance for library users, in large part… Expand
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