ERIC Number: ED046423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
The Library's Public Revisited, By Members of the Class in The Public Library in the Political Process.
Bundy, Mary Lee, Ed.; Goodstein, Sylvia, Ed.
A group of students in the course dealt with the fundamental question of the public library's role in satisfying societal needs. Each of the students set out to explore the family, social, occupational and political world of an important social group. Members of two of the groups - the urban Negro and the blue collar worker - appeared to be either largely indifferent or alienated from the public library, or both. The writers of these papers asked why and what needs to be done to reach them. Two other papers dealt with the library's regular users, the suburban housewife and the high school student, but treated them in a different context thereby raising fundamentally different questions about library services to them. The final paper considers the radical right in relation to what is known about the psychology of the authoritarian personality and demonstrates why a public library responsive to the needs and ideals of a democratic society will inevitably attract the censure of the radical right. (Author/AB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. School of Library and Information Services.
Note: Student Contribution Series 1