Diverse Communities: Summer 2013


Michelle Kowalsky


University of Hawaii


Summer 2013


Library users are often members of different formal and informal communities, related to their cultural heritage, their careers or professions, or even their leisure interests. This course will investigate strategies and resources for serving users in different types of communities, including:diverse cultural and linguistic groups and nationalities; varied affinity groups like weaving clubs or online cancer support forums; users from many type of institutions including schools, hospitals, and prisons; and scholars and researchers in various subject areas. Issues in information seeking behaviors, promotion and advocacy, policy, and library resources will be discussed. This course is appropriate for those seeking careers in all types of libraries.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

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