religion, libraries, and memes

From: Dan Roland (
Date: Fri Apr 20 2001 - 13:00:05 BST

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    I have been lurking on this list for the past several months since I
    started my doctoral studies in library and information management at
    Emporia State University in Emporia, KS, US. I am interested in the
    ways that religion and information systems work together and this has
    led me to the exploration of memetics. I am interested in studying the
    role of preachers/priests/shamans/etc., as virus initiators and that of
    disciples as virus replicators especially in terms of their information
    seeking/usage behavior. I am curious as to whether these are the folks
    who are your most common advocates of censorship at the public library
    and the effect they and their memes have on collection development at
    the public library. I am also curious about the public library as a
    cultural artifact and 1.) how it contributes to the survival and
    dissemination of memes and 2.) how it is an education resource for virus
    inoculation/treatment. Since I a newcomer to the list I do not know if
    these topics have been discussed before, but I would appreciate any
    insights or feedback, thanks.

    "Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring,"

    Dan Roland

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