ERIC Number: ED186032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-15
The Cultural Role of the Public Library, 1920-1980, and Its Impact on Library Education.
Monroe, Margaret E.
This review traces the history of the public library's role in the diffusion of information about American culture, surveys the influence of that role on library education, and describes five models which reflect the range of cultural roles presently being fulfilled in libraries and which identify the knowledge and skills librarians need to support cultural activities. The functions of the five models are stated as follows: (1) to serve the arts information needs of the community, (2) to provide a showcase for the arts in the local community, (3) to facilitate arts program coordination among community organizations, (4) to provide outreach centers for the community's cultural agencies, and (5) to stimulate the consideration of public issues in the light of humanistic values. (FM)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Association of American Library Schools Conference (Austin, TX, February 15, 1980).