Popular Religious Libraries in North America: A Statistical Examination

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Few scholars of library science, theology, or popular culture know that 27% of all the libraries in the U.S. and Canada have some form of religious affiliation. John Harvey, a noted international library consultant and former dean of the library school at Drexel, has spent years compiling an exhaustive analysis of these collections, an analysis that will provide the framework for further study of the religious library world as it exists in these two countries. Popular Religious Libraries contains the same data ...

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Overview

Few scholars of library science, theology, or popular culture know that 27% of all the libraries in the U.S. and Canada have some form of religious affiliation. John Harvey, a noted international library consultant and former dean of the library school at Drexel, has spent years compiling an exhaustive analysis of these collections, an analysis that will provide the framework for further study of the religious library world as it exists in these two countries. Popular Religious Libraries contains the same data for parochial school libraries, congregational libraries, and libraries open to the public. This extraordinary range of statistics provides the tools to analyze these libraries and their collections relative to other types of libraries in the U.S. and Canada. The author compares geographic and demographic settings, and, in separate sections, presents statistics on library personnel, management, material, expenditures, and use. Each section also includes figures from the prior ten years for longitudinal analysis.

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Editorial Reviews

Library and Information Science Research
...its contents should give rise to directions for future studies by library and information scientists, sociologists, religious studies scholars, and others whose interest in the often-neglected field of religious libraries will be awakened and advanced by Harvey's work.
Catholic Library World
...an astounding amount of information for anyone interested in theological or religious libraries or the field of libraries itself. These volumes are highly recommended. Future generations of researchers will depend on these titles for a long time to come.
Bulletin Of ABTAPL
...what makes the book more than simply an extensive piece of research is Harvey's clarity of approach and intelligent assessment which always gives a sense of his appreciation of religious librarianship.
Library & Information Science Research
...its contents should give rise to directions for future studies by library and information scientists, sociologists, religious studies scholars, and others whose interest in the often-neglected field of religious libraries will be awakened and advanced by Harvey's work.
Bulletin of ABTAPL
...what makes the book more than simply an extensive piece of research is Harvey's clarity of approach and intelligent assessment which always gives a sense of his appreciation of religious librarianship.
Booknews
A fat lode of data, already partly digested, sampling the 27% of libraries in the US and Canada that have some form of religious affiliation. Offers comparative data for parochial school libraries, congregational libraries, and libraries open to the public; compares geographic and demographic settings; presents statistics on personnel, management, material, expenditures, and use; and includes figures from the past decade for longitudinal analysis. The coverage is limited to Christianity and Judaism. The information is from the American Library Directory annual mail surveys for 1978 and 1988. A companion volume treats scholarly religious libraries. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810833425
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.83 (d)

Meet the Author

John F. Harvey (Ph.D., University of Chicago) has had several careers in his fifty years of library and information service — academic library director, library school dean and professor, international consultant, writer and editor. He is a frequent book reviewer and a member of seven religious library associations. He has published ten books and contributed to many professional papers and book reviews.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Tables 1.1 and 1.2
Ch. 1 An Introduction to the Religious Library World 1
Ch. 2 The Geography and Demography of Popular Religious Libraries 51
Ch. 3 An Introduction to Popular Religious Libraries 153
Ch. 4 Popular Religious Library Characteristics 229
Ch. 5 Popular Religious Libraries: The 1985-86 Church and Synagogue Library Association Survey 401
Ch. 6 Popular Religious Libraries: Four Congregational Library Studies Compared 587
App. A Annotated Popular Religious Library Bibliography 675
App. B Glossary and Acronyms 679
App. C Popular Library Statistical Limitations and Interpretation 693
App. D American Library Directory Religious Library Data Form 703
App. E CSLA Libraries (Hannaford) Statistical Data Form 707
App. F CSLA (White) Directory Questionnaire 711
Index 713
List of Tables 717
About the Authors 747
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