Reading Romance in the Library (Fall 2017)
In this course we examine romance readers and reading from a library perspective. More specifically, we investigate the tension between romance fiction’s profound popularity and its frequent denigration. While we explore the romance genre itself, we situate our conversation in the institutional and ethical context of the library, primarily focusing on romance readers’ motivations, meaning-making practices, and pleasures, on the one hand, and the ways in which librarians perceive, portray, serve, and sometimes criticize these readers on the other. Topics covered include gender, taste, and professional ethics. Students also develop some requisite skills to effectively advise romance readers in the library, though this is not the focus of the course.
Libraries, Information, and Society (Fall 2016)
Information Organization and Access (Spring 2016)
Information Organization and Access (Fall 2015)