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Nelson, Bonnie R. – Library Journal, 1980
Much of what passes for professionalism is self-serving elitism and not relevant to librarianship. Librarians, most of whom are women, should continue to improve service to the public and strive by pragmatic means to overcome low pay and status. (RAA)
Descriptors: Compensation (Remuneration), Economic Status, Females, Librarians
Hilton, Robert C. – Library Journal, 1978
The origins of public support for libraries in Massachusetts during the early to mid 1800's is discussed. Records indicate that the origins of the public library movement stem from a public feeling of need rather than elitism, philanthropy, or preservation of the status quo. (JPF)
Descriptors: Library Role, Local History, Public Libraries, Public Support
Berman, Sanford – Library Journal, 1980
Identifies trends and their implications in library-related developments such as conglomeration in publishing; growth of right-fundamentalist influence in radio, television, and book industries; technological developments; and increasing variety of media (e.g. videodiscs) to be managed by libraries. (SW)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Freedom of Speech, Futures (of Society), Library Automation
Robinson, Charles – Library Journal, 1989
Discusses areas of confusion concerning the role of public libraries that endanger the existence of public libraries. It is argued that the future of the public library depends on its responsiveness to the needs of the people that such libraries were created to serve, and suggestions for achieving this state are offered. (CLB)
Descriptors: Democracy, Educational Responsibility, Elitism, Financial Support