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Wiegand, Wayne A. – Library Quarterly, 2011
This essay challenges traditional assumptions about the small-town American public library and the roles it has played in its community. Conventional thinking and professional rhetoric grounded on a "user in the life of the library" perspective identifies the public library as a neutral agency "essential to democracy" that…
Descriptors: Democracy, Municipalities, Public Libraries, Females
Michigan Women's Commission, Lansing. – 1973
Serving as the basis for the first administrative complaint alleging sex discrimination in textbooks to be filed under federal law, the findings presented in this report are based on an analysis, made by parents and citizens in a midwestern city, of 12 texts in the elementary reading program of a major publisher. Generally, the findings are stated…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Females, Males, Reading Material Selection