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ERIC Number: ED060870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 37
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The Climate of Book Selection: The Art of the Possible; Proceedings of a Workshop.
Riggs, Neil R., Ed.
Social change in the 1960's has created a new climate for literary expression in the coming years. In order to emphasize the change in reading taste, and the corresponding change in writing fiction, the Oregon State Library sponsored a workshop dealing with book selection in this new era. Many communities in Oregon are conservative in their attitude toward appropriateness of materials in public libraries. This heightened the need to bring to the attention of librarians in small communities their role of leadership in cultural affairs and to develop a sense of responsibility to consider the "problem" book. The publication of the report of the President's Commission on Obscenity and Pornography made this an auspicious time to consider the problem. Much has been written on censorship, intellectual freedom and librarians' responsibilities in these matters. Therefore, the emphasis of the workshop was on reading examples of current fiction and discussion of specific works on their merits in relation to the philosophical concepts that were generally known. An attempt was made to bring librarians attitudes toward the contemporary novel out into the open for criticism or justification. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Oregon State Library, Salem.
Identifiers: Oregon
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