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Title: Reactions by a Public Library Administrator
Author(s): Todd, Alexander W., Jr.
Subject(s): Children’s libraries
Abstract: 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 napping. What a rude awakening! The speakers, participants and agenda have kept me interested and alert perhaps because they were reinforcing my beliefs. Peggy Sullivan began by asking if children's librarians are sure that they have goals for public library service for children. A good question and after three days, there has been no answer. Or, if the goals exist, you surely don't know how to state them. Bernard Spodek made the point that libraries are not schools, but are arenas for mental action. Keep this in mind: libraries are not a replacement for formal education. George Canney reinforced this premise by emphasizing that librarians do not teach reading.
Issue Date: 1977
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In S.K. Richardson (ed). 1977. Children’s services of public libraries: Papers presented at the 23rd Allerton Park Institute. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 163-165.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (23rd : 1977)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
ISBN: 0-87845-049-1
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1977.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-23

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