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Amy Herb

Name: Amy Herb, English Department

Presentation Title: "Metaresearch: Revealing Rhetorical and Sociolinguistic Networks in the Archive and Library"

Date: April 10, 2008


The College Engish 1999 special issue entitled, "Archivists with an Attitude" spotlighted archival methods of writing studies' scholars. In 2006, Rhetoric and Public Affairs published a special forum, entitled the "Politics of Archival Research." Most recently, in February 2008, The Chronicle of Higher Education published an expose on the Library of Congress working group report, which convened to discuss the future of bibliographic control. My research responds to these confersations by elucidating the disciplinary rhetorics and representations of the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) as expressed in the Thesaurus for Graphic Materials and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). I take an historic look at how the LCSH has been critiqued from within the field of LIS and how this relates to current internal conversations about their disciplinary self-understanding. I argue that LIS's conceptions and representations of its own disciplinarity hold pedagogical and scholarly implications for writing studies research on multiple levels.