Libraries and Culture

Libraries & Culture
Volume 38, Number 3, Summer 2003


Contents

Articles

    Black, Alistair.
  • False Optimism: Modernity, Class, and the Public Library in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s
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    Subject Headings:
    • Public libraries -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
    • Libraries and community -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
    • Social classes -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
    Abstract:
      In the late 1950s, the long-awaited postwar expansion in British public library services got under way. During the 1960s and 1970s, librarians and library planners became strongly optimistic about the public library's "modern" future. In keeping with the principles of egalitarianism and universalism underpinning the welfare state, a radically new philosophy, known as "community librarianship," emerged in the 1970s. Its aim was to encourage the public library to make an irreversible break with its "conservative" past and to become a truly popular institution. However, despite jettisoning a great deal of its Victorian image and embracing much of the modernity of the age, the public library was ultimately unable to live up to the visions of classlessness that library promoters had long cherished.
    Goldstein, Daniel.
  • The Spirit of an Age: Iowa Public Libraries and Professional Librarians as Solutions to Society's Problems, 1890-1940
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    Subject Headings:
    • Public libraries -- Iowa -- History.
    • Librarians -- Iowa -- History.
    • Libraries and society -- Iowa -- History.
    Abstract:
      Iowa public libraries flourished during the twenty-five years after 1890. Their prosperity resulted from the ability of the library leadership, working within a national context, to articulate a compelling argument that public libraries and well-trained librarians were the solution to a pressing local problem. This essay examines the interaction of three key institutions: the Iowa Library Association, the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs, and the Iowa Library Commission. It demonstrates that the success of the Iowa library movement at this time resulted from Iowans' belief that libraries were the best institution to address the problems of public vice, especially drinking, gambling, and prostitution. Finally, the essay argues that the values professed by librarians depend on the particular social problem that is being addressed at a given time and place.
    Bashore, Melvin L., 1946-
  • Behind Adobe Walls and Iron Bars: The Utah Territorial Penitentiary Library
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    Subject Headings:
    • Utah Territorial Penitentiary. Library -- History -- 19th century.
    • Prison libraries -- Utah -- Salt Lake City -- History -- 19th century.
    Abstract:
      Drawing upon a wealth of detail recorded in the writings of imprisoned Mormon polygamists and other published and unpublished records from the Utah Territorial Penitentiary, we get a glimpse of the educational and intellectual life of an inmate population unique in the annals of American penal history. Utah lagged behind other state and federal prisons in establishing a prison library. It also differed somewhat in the way in which the library was founded. This frontier library was popular with inmates, and the bulk of the collection contained classics and good literature.

Notes & Essays

    Goedeken, Edward A.
  • What We Wrote About and Who We Were: Historical Writings in JLH/L&C, 1966-2000
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    Subject Headings:
    • Journal of library history.
    • Libraries & culture.
    • Libraries -- Historiography.

Book Reviews

    Frazier, Alison.
  • The Bible as Book: The First Printed Editions (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Saenger, Paul Henry, 1945-, ed. Bible as book: the first printed editions.
    • Van Kampen, Kimberly, ed.
    • Bible -- Europe -- History -- Congresses.
    Frazier, Alison.
  • Letters and Orations, Cassandra Fedele (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Fedele, Cassandra, 1465?-1558. Letters and orations.
    • Robin, Diana Maury, ed.
    • Fedele, Cassandra, 1465?-1558 -- Translations into English.
    Harney, Michael, 1948-
  • Mercaderes e impresores de libros en la Salamanca del siglo XVI (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mano González, Marta de la. Mercaderes e impresores de libros en la Salamanca del siglo XVI.
    • Printing -- Spain -- Salamanca -- History -- 16th century.
    Koenig, Donna L.
  • The Moving Market: Continuity and Change in the Book Trade (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Isaac, Peter C. G., ed. Moving market: continuity and change in the book trade.
    • McKay, Barry, 1948-, ed.
    • Book industries and trade -- Great Britain -- History -- Congresses.
    Davis, Donald G.
  • Purity in Print: Book Censorship in America from the Gilded Age to the Computer Age (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Boyer, Paul S. Purity in print: book censorship in America from the Gilded Age to the Computer Age.
    • Censorship -- United States -- History.
    McAdams, Jeff.
  • For Love of the Binding: Studies in Bookbinding History Presented to Mirjam Foot (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Pearson, David, 1955-, ed. For love of the binding: studies in bookbinding history presented to Mirjam Foot.
    • Bookbinding -- Europe, Western -- History.
    Jackson, Millie.
  • Who Owns Academic Work?: Battling for Control of Intellectual Property (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • McSherry, Corynne, 1969- Who owns academic work?: battling for control of intellectual property.
    • Intellectual property -- United States.
    Almquist, Sharon G.
  • Academic Research on the Internet: Options for Scholars and Libraries (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Laurence, Helen, ed. Academic research on the Internet: options for scholars and libraries.
    • Miller, William, 1947-, ed.
    • Computer network resources.
    Jackson, Millie.
  • Collecting Nature: The American Environmental Movement and the Conservation Library (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kirk, Andrew G., 1964- Collecting nature: the American environmental movement and the Conservation Library.
    • Environmentalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
    Almquist, Sharon G.
  • Librarianship--Quo Vadis? Opportunities and Dangers as We Face the New Millennium (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • White, Herbert S. Librarianship--quo vadis?: opportunities and dangers as we face the new millennium.
    • Library science -- Forecasting.
    Schaefer, Karl R.
  • Glossar bibliothekarischer Fachtermini Arabisch-Deutsch (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Repp, Hanna. Glossar bibliothekarischer Fachtermini arabisch-deutsch.
    • Arabic language -- Glossaries, vocabularies, etc.
    Davis, Donald G.
  • A Brief History of the Future of Libraries: An Annotated Bibliography (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sapp, Gregg. Brief history of the future of libraries: an annotated bibliography.
    • Libraries -- United States -- History -- 20th century.



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