The Humanistic iSchool
If you’re headed to the iSchool conference, something to read if you haven’t yet is a paper that was rejected for inclusion in the 2008 iSchool conference, by Jonathan Furner and Anne Gilliland, both professors at the UCLA School of Information (officially an iSchool). It’s titled, The Humanistic iSchool: A Manifesto. I am very much down with the program of making information studies more humanistic. There is a lot of progress being made at UCLA along those lines, though judging from the fate of this paper in 2008, there is opposition to the idea…
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Glad to see Furner and Gilliland’s manifesto. A variation on the science/humanism models they mention is literary theorist Louise Rosenblatt’s efferent-aesthetic continuum. Its human-centered orientation strikes me as particularly relevant to the library field, and I’ve written about it here.
But, sadly, the emphasis continues to skew toward scientism, and even the general humanities are being seduced by the siren song of the digital. See these two long blog posts by Stanley Fish for his take on the digital humanities.
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