|Title:||Building Library Collections: Nonbook Material
|Author(s):||Rufsvold, Margaret I.
|Abstract:||A distinguished librarian in California believes that "books are basic"
and that, "It's wicked to call a library a materials center. '* But another
equally distinguished librarian from California says, "the soundest and
truest audio- visual enthusiasts I know are also book lovers-those who cherish
books for the good they do to people and who transfer their enthusiasm to
anything else that does a similar good to people. Goodness is no vested interest.
" Fundamental to this chapter is the belief that the same basic
principles apply to the building of the book collection that apply in the building
of the nonbook materials collection.
Librarians are devoted to the printed word; they know its power and its
meaning, its function and purpose. They appreciate the rich heritage received
through books and printing, and they hope this indispensable medium
of communication will not diminish. But they know also that individuals do
not live and learn by words alone. Is it correct, then, to assume that books
can always do the teaching job at hand or that they can do it better than other
media? John Dewey in his Art as Experience has said, "Thinking directly
in terms of colors, tones, images, is a different operation technically from
thinking in words. . . If all meanings could be adequately expressed by words,
the arts of painting and music would not exist. There are values and meanings
that can be expressed only by immediately visible and audible qualities
and to ask what they mean in the sense of something that can be put into
words is to deny their distinctive existence."
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In H. Lancour (ed). 1954. The school library supervisor : a report of an institute on school library supervision held at the University of Illinois Library School, October 3-6, 1954. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 33-38.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (1st : 1954)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1954
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-13