|Title:||LSA And The Library Services Branch
|Author(s):||Lorenz, John G.
|Subject(s):||Libraries and state --United States
|Abstract:||It is difficult to overestimate the effect of the Library
Services Act in improving the status and support of the library
services unit in the Office of Education. A brief look at the
past will serve to support this point.
Up to 1938, there was no library unit in the Office at
all. Whatever was done in the field of library studies and research
was done on a short-termor part-time basis. It wasn't
that the library profession wasn't interested in achieving a
more specific assignment of responsibility for libraries in the
Office. As far back as 1892, Melvil Dewey wrote in the Library
Our purpose should be to secure in this visit to Washington
what we have so long wanted, a library officer in the Bureau
of Education. When we went to Washington twelve years
ago, Commissioner Eaton agreed to appoint such a person
if he could find a satisfactory man to do the work and give
his entire time to looking after general library interests.
That is the proper place for it to be done. I, therefore,
offer the following [resolution] ....
There followed a long series of resolutions by the American
Library Association from then until 1934, when the
ALA Council said flatly:
The federal government should assume responsibility for
nationwide leadership in the library movement through a
library agency associated with other agencies responsible
for general educational, cultural, and recreational activities.
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In D.E. Strout (ed). 1961. The impact of the Library services act : progress and potential : papers presented at an institute conducted jointly by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science and the Library Services Branch, U.S. Office of Education. Urbana, IL: Graduate School of Library Science: 30-39.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (8th : 1961)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1959.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-16