An Active Instrument for Propaganda: The American Public by Wayne A. Wiegand

By Wayne A. Wiegand

This examine successfully addresses the query: What used to be the involvement of the yank public library neighborhood within the nice conflict? A finished creation offers an outline of public library heritage ahead of international conflict I, relating such themes because the development of the general public library from the genteel, early nineteenth-century social libraries of recent England and the Mid-Atlantic states and the founding of the yank Library organization in 1876. The A.L.A. supplied for an alternate of knowledge and a way to handle universal difficulties encountered in librarianship. It facilitated the adoption of the Dewey class process, pressed for the booklet of periodical indexes, and started publishing its personal assortment courses. Wiegand info the socioeconomic features of turn-of-the-century library pros and their decision to deal with industrialization, urbanization, and immigration as those concerns got here inside their sphere of effect. He identifies complicated difficulties of the interval: the shortcoming of public librarians to strength americans to truly use their libraries, and the demanding situations posed by way of new forces within the cultural, highbrow, and literary worlds. it truly is by contrast history that American public librarians and their associations replied to the decision for united motion in the course of global conflict I.

Chapter 1 bargains with the reaction to the nice ecu conflict earlier than the U.S. entered at the allied part in 1917, whereas Chapters 2 and three learn library-initiated wartime actions on either the neighborhood and nationwide degrees. The function of the general public library in foodstuff conservation and the on occasion addressed factor of censorship and e-book burning are scrutinized in Chapters four and five. bankruptcy 6 outlines courses for the Americanization of immigrants. A concluding bankruptcy bargains a synthesis of the amount. An essay on fundamental resources is incorporated within the bibliography. An energetic device for Propaganda inaugurates the Beta Phi Mu's Monograph sequence that, within the culture of the foreign Library technological know-how Honor Society's Chapbooks, will upload considerably to the scholarly literature of the library occupation. The publication can be an enormous addition to collections facing international conflict I, and a worthwhile source for historians of that interval. simply because huge assurance has been given to the wartime actions of countless numbers of public libraries around the kingdom, many neighborhood public library collections should be enriched via this significant volume.

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