ERIC Number: ED025693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
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The Educational Commitment of the American Public Library, 1833-1956.
Lee, Robert Ellis
The purpose of this study was to determine in what way the interpretation and implementation of the library educational commitment to adults changed between 1833 and 1956. Primary documents were the chief sources of data; however, because comprehensive documentation of the American Public Library movement did not begin until 1876, secondary sources of accepted authenticity had to be relied on for data on the period 1833-1875. The major findings revealed three distinct phases in the development of the public library as an educational institution. First, the library began as a single-purpose institution in which education for adults was the central aim. Next, it became a multi-purpose institution in which education, recreation, and reference were the primary objectives, with recreation and reference eventually taking precedence over education. Third, it entered a period of appraisal in which attempts were made to revitalize its educational objective. By 1956, an increased number of librarians were beginning to recognize their obligations to all of the library's aims and to understand that a public library must be simultaneously educational, informational, and recreational. (author/nl)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Objectives, Educational Responsibility, History, Library Extension, Library Services, Public Libraries, Recreational Reading, Reference Services
Dept. of Photoduplication, The University of Chicago Library, Swift Hall, Chicago, Ill. 60637
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Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis.