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History and Information Essences in/of LIS Education

Nathan Johnson

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


Controversy surrounds the iSchool movement (Eisenberg, 2007; White, 1995)⁠. Some understand it as an extension of several disciplines; some believe it signals a loss of integrity for library schools (Berry III, 2007; Dillon et al., 2006; King, 2006)⁠. To help understand this controversy, my research analyzes the founding of the “original information school” at Syracuse University. Research reports, conference papers, and syllabi created between between 1965 and 1978 by Dean Robert S. Taylor and his colleagues were rhetorically analyzed and compared to contemporary documents about iSchools to understand how the topics important to the original iSchool influenced the current iSchool movement.

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