Enrichment: A History of the Public Library in the United States in the Twentieth Century by Lowell A. MartinEnrichment: A History of the Public Library in the United States in the Twentieth Century by Lowell A. Martin

Enrichment: A History of the Public Library in the United States in the Twentieth Century

byLowell A. Martin

Paperback | January 1, 1998

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Now in paperback! The concept of the American public library was born in the nineteenth century under the auspices of private citizens and small public organizations, and then grew through the nurturing of both the capitalist and democratic systems. Enrichment provides an overview of the notable events and underlying trends that either furthered or deterred the growth of this beloved institution. The book is organized in a broad chronological order, dividing the twentieth century into six segments, from the first era up to World War I, and through the current decade leading to the turn of the next century. Within each segment there is a brief background summary of the main social, cultural, and political characteristics of the time. Then the broad thrust of library service in each period is reviewed, followed by more detailed examination of notable professional developments in the same years. A brief introduction provides a summary of the public library's development in the nineteenth century, and two figures included in the text will assist the reader in further understanding the details of this ever-growing agency.
Lowell A. Martin (Ph.D., University of Chicago) has held administrative posts in school, academic and public libraries. He was Associate Dean of the Library School at Columbia University and organizer and Dean of the School at Rutgers University. He then spent ten years as Vice President of Grolier Incorporated. In recent years, he has...
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Title:Enrichment: A History of the Public Library in the United States in the Twentieth CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:215 pages, 8.48 × 4.8 × 0.67 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:081084754X

ISBN - 13:9780810847545

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1. The Legacy of the Nineteenth Century Chapter 3 2. The Foundation Years, 1900-1917 Chapter 4 3. The Innovative Years, 1918-1929 Chapter 5 4. Depression and War, 1930-1945 Chapter 6 5. Recovery and Uncertainty, 1946-1959 Chapter 7 6. Promise and Disillusionment, 1960-1979 Chapter 8 7. The Culminating Years, 1980-1999 Part 9 Bibliography Part 10 Index Part 11 About the Author

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