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Producing Storytime: A Collectivist Analysis Of Work In A Complex Communicative Space, Pamela J. Mckenzie, Rosamund Stooke Jan 2007

Producing Storytime: A Collectivist Analysis Of Work In A Complex Communicative Space, Pamela J. Mckenzie, Rosamund Stooke

FIMS Publications

Storytime programs for young children are ritual events in the everyday life of the public library. This article analyzes data from two such programs to identify and analyze the work carried out by program leaders, their adult and child participants, and other social actors in other settings (e.g., library CEOs) in order to enable the program to happen. The study builds on research on the public library as a physical space and on the library in the life of the user by describing the often invisible literacy, information, and caring work that goes into accomplishing social settings within the physical …


Why Are Websites Co-Linked? The Case Of Canadian Universities, L. Vaughan, M.E.I. Kipp, Y. Gao Jan 2007

Why Are Websites Co-Linked? The Case Of Canadian Universities, L. Vaughan, M.E.I. Kipp, Y. Gao

FIMS Publications

This study examined why Websites were co-linked using Canadian university Websites as the test set. Pages that co-linked to these university Websites were located using Yahool. A random sample of 859 co-linking pages (the page that initiated the co-link) was retrieved and the contents of the page, as well as the context of the link, were manually examined to record the following variables: language, country, type of Website, and the reasons for co-linking. The study found that in over 94% of cases, the two co-linked universities were related academically; many of these cases (38%) showed a relationship specifically in teaching …


Re-Envisioning Libraries In The Information Society: A Critical Theory Of Library Technology, Ajit Kumar Pyati Jan 2007

Re-Envisioning Libraries In The Information Society: A Critical Theory Of Library Technology, Ajit Kumar Pyati

FIMS Publications

Libraries have been involved in technological transformation for several decades, and are now increasingly associated with discourses surrounding the development of a global information society. The information society, however, remains a contested terrain, with a major focus on connectivity to ICTs, and is often linked with technological determinist and technocratic agendas. The library profession and field do not adequately theorize technology in a way that offers a progressive alternative to this dominant information society vision.

In light of this context, this dissertation argues for the relevance of critical theory as a framework for guiding and analyzing library technology actions. This …


The Integrated News Spectacle, Live 8, And The Annihilation Of Time, James R. Compton, Edward Comor Jan 2007

The Integrated News Spectacle, Live 8, And The Annihilation Of Time, James R. Compton, Edward Comor

FIMS Publications

Abstract: In this article, the recent strategic turn by U.S.-based media corporations toward the use of broadband technologies, particularly online video, is assessed as a turning point in how news is being conceptualized, distributed, and consumed. Using the heuristic tool the integrated news spectacle, and its application to political, economic, and technological developments propelled forward by the 2005 Live 8 concerts, the authors analyze contemporary trajectories concerning the news and their more general implications regarding what Innisians refer to as the annihilation of time. Résumé : Dans cet article, la stratégie récente destinée à diriger les corporations des médias américains …