ERIC Number: ED116622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
One Time through the Revolving Door: An Ohio Youth Commission Librarian's Report.
Menakes, Randall John
A librarian's view of the Mohican Youth Camp (MYC) and the Ohio penal system for youthful offenders provides information about these institutions and their library services. The report first describes existing treatment and institutions and gives the author's opinions as to how to make constructive changes in both public attitudes and the system, of which he is highly critical. The counter-productiveness of the mass conformity imposed on the boys in the camp is emphasized. There follows a discussion of libraries in such institutions, the narrow, protected places they often are and the open, idea-producing places they ought to be. The author describes his attempts to give the library a real, rather than institutional, atmosphere and to engage the boys' enthusiasm by making them participants in the library with projects that ranged from cleaning windows to selecting books and music criticism. He concludes, however, that since the library is part of a controlling institution, it cannot perform its major function--teaching the boys to take control of their lives. (LS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Toledo Univ., OH. Dept. of Library and Information Services.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio