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Main Street Public Library: Community Places and Reading Spaces in the Rural Heartland, 1876-1956 (Iowa and the Midwest Experience)

Wiegand, Wayne A.

Editore: University Of Iowa Press, 2011
ISBN 10: 1609380673 / ISBN 13: 9781609380670
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Titolo: Main Street Public Library: Community Places...

Casa editrice: University Of Iowa Press

Data di pubblicazione: 2011

Legatura: Soft cover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Wiegand challenges conventional interpretations of the role of public libraries in the community as 'arsenals of a democratic culture,' asserting instead that libraries served as 'uniquely negotiated cultural centers' that reinforced social cohesion, values, and taste at the local level. Based on exhaustive research in primary sources, this study sets a high standard of scholarship. It is a significant contribution to the literature of the history of libraries."-Robert S. Martin, professor emeritus, School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Womens University. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_1609380673

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The United States has more public libraries than it has McDonald?s restaurants.   By any measure, the American public library is a heavily used and ubiquitous institution. Popular thinking identifies the public library as a neutral agency that protects democratic ideals by guarding against censorship as it makes information available to people from all walks of life. Among librarians this idea is known as the ?library faith.? But is the American public library as democratic as it appears to be?    In Main Street Public Library, eminent library historian Wayne Wiegand studies four emblematic small-town libraries in the Midwest from the late nineteenth century through the federal Library Service Act of 1956, and shows that these institutions served a much different purpose than is so often perceived. Rather than acting as neutral institutions that are vital to democracy, the libraries of Sauk Centre, Minnesota; Osage, Iowa; Rhinelander, Wisconsin; and Lexington, Michigan, were actually mediating community literary values and providing a public space for the construction of social harmony. These libraries, and the librarians who ran them, were often just as susceptible to the political and social pressures of their time as any other public institution.   By analyzing the collections of all four libraries and revealing what was being read and why certain acquisitions were passed over, Wiegand challenges both traditional perceptions and professional rhetoric about the role of libraries in our small-town communities. While the American public library has become essential to its local community, it is for reasons significantly different than those articulated by the ?library faith.?


Wayne Wiegand is F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus in the School of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University.  He is the author of Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey, and five other books, three of which have received the G. K. Hall Award for Outstanding Contribution to Library Literature. 

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