ERIC Number: ED093262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Alternate Futures for the Public Library. Intellectual Freedom and the Librarian.
Casey, Genavieve M.; Darling, Richard L.
In the first of two speeches presented here, Genevieve M. Casey examines alternate futures for the public library, on the assumption that, if it is to remain viable, the public library must move forward in not one, but several directions, or futures. Of the many possibilities, Ms. Casey selects four already-functioning concepts as the most clearly indicated: the public library as a nontraditional agency of education; as a multifaceted information and referral center; as a rehabilitation center for the shutin and institutionalized--all helpless people in our society; and as a community cultural center. In the second speech, Richard L. Darling emphasizes the librarian's important role in the guardianship of intellectual freedom. A brief overview of censorship attempts shows that suppression of a given work may be demanded for political or social motives, as well as for sexual content. Darling then outlines the growing militancy of librarians on this issue, dating from the American Library Association's 1939 statement of Libraries' Bill of Rights. Although library organizations are making a strong defense of intellectual freedom, Darling concludes that the real responsibility still rests with the individual librarian. (SL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. School of Library Sciences.