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Title:LSA And The Future
Author(s):Blasingame, Ralph
Subject(s):Libraries and state --United States
Abstract:To attempt some guess as to the futurewhatever the context requires that one pay some service to the past. The strength of the position which the public library occupies today and upon which its future will be based is a tribute to past generations. We inherit a high moral position which has made it possible for high-minded people to join with us in the drive to bring library services to all parts of our states and to improve those which already exist. Whatever paths we take must preserve this position so that our successors may have that same advantage. As to the ideas which will be mentioned in this talk, none is either new or my own in any real sense. I shall try only to bring together thoughts which are drawn from reading and experience. Perhaps this group may develop some truly new plans, though we have far to go if we only follow the directions which Joeckel, Martin, Leigh, Eastlick, and others have pointed out. Librarians face a period of exceptionally hard work and of adjustment to the notion that libraries are a popular topic with the public generally and with legislators at least in some places. This popularity seems to be filtering down from the top. ,TyKat downward movement from the Congress to state legislatures to local governments is at odds with all we preach about the public library as a phenomenon of a democratic culture, a responsibility first of town and county.
Issue Date:1961
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: 87-92.
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

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