1977: Children's Services of Public Libraries

 

Allerton Park Institute Proceedings (no. 23, 1977); Edited by Selma K. Richardson

The twenty-third institute was held at Allerton Park from Sunday, November 13 through Wednesday, November 16, 1977. In the secluded setting of Allerton House, some of the leaders in the field were gathered to focus attention upon the totality that is children's services of public libraries. Viewpoints regarding the present status and future directions of children's services were shared in an attempt to answer the big and reflective questions a profession must retreat to ask itself once in awhile: What are we doing? Why? For whom? How? The sequence of the program and the simple but comprehensive speech titles reflect the intent of the institute to grapple with the major elements of children's services.

The complete text of the Institute is available here as well as the individual papers. The papers included here are:

The Proceedings of the Allerton Park Institute have been digitized through the Open Content Alliance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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  • Todd, Alexander W., Jr. (Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1977)
    I must confess that I came to this institute expecting dry dissertations on the ivory-tower level that would have a sedative effect on me in short, an opportunity to rest my weary director bones and catch up on a little ...

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  • Sullivan, Peggy (Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1977)
    Some years ago, Lowell Martin wrote an article on cooperation between school and public libraries which he subtitled: "Or, Why Don't We Have Any?" It was not only eye-catching and provocative , but a very reasonable question ...

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  • Spodek, Bernard (Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1977)
    I will begin with a disclaimer: I am not a librarian. I cannot provide authoritative information about library services to children, of either a descriptive or prescriptive nature. I am not a child development specialist. I ...

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  • Shaw, Spencer G. (Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1977)
    The triad is a combination of a group of elements that may be studied by scholars in different disciplines. A scientist may probe the secrets which are contained within its chemical compounds; a musician may extricate from ...

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  • Rollock, Barbara (Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1977)
    It was remembrance of childhood experiences in the library that prompted author Bel Kaufman to write in defense of libraries: "It seems to me that especially now, when there are so many people in our city [New York] whose ...

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