By Wayne A. Wiegand

This examine successfully addresses the query: What used to be the involvement of the yankee public library neighborhood within the nice battle? A finished creation presents an summary of public library heritage ahead of international struggle I, referring to such themes because the development of the general public library from the genteel, early nineteenth-century social libraries of latest England and the Mid-Atlantic states and the founding of the yankee Library organization in 1876. The A.L.A. supplied for an alternate of knowledge and a method to deal with universal difficulties encountered in librarianship. It facilitated the adoption of the Dewey type procedure, pressed for the book of periodical indexes, and commenced publishing its personal assortment courses. Wiegand info the socioeconomic features of turn-of-the-century library execs and their decision to handle industrialization, urbanization, and immigration as those matters got here inside of their sphere of impression. He identifies confusing difficulties of the interval: the lack of public librarians to strength american citizens to really use their libraries, and the demanding situations posed by means of new forces within the cultural, highbrow, and literary worlds. it's by contrast heritage that American public librarians and their associations spoke back to the decision for united motion in the course of global conflict I.

Chapter 1 bargains with the reaction to the nice eu struggle earlier than the us entered at the allied part in 1917, whereas Chapters 2 and three learn library-initiated wartime actions on either the neighborhood and nationwide degrees. The position of the general public library in meals conservation and the once in a while addressed factor of censorship and booklet burning are scrutinized in Chapters four and five. bankruptcy 6 outlines courses for the Americanization of immigrants. A concluding bankruptcy deals a synthesis of the quantity. An essay on fundamental assets is incorporated within the bibliography. An lively tool for Propaganda inaugurates the Beta Phi Mu's Monograph sequence that, within the culture of the foreign Library technology Honor Society's Chapbooks, will upload considerably to the scholarly literature of the library career. The ebook might be a huge addition to collections facing international conflict I, and a worthy source for historians of that interval. simply because extensive assurance has been given to the wartime actions of hundreds and hundreds of public libraries around the state, many neighborhood public library collections could be enriched by means of this significant volume.

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