Libraries as Agencies of Culture / Edition 1

Libraries as Agencies of Culture / Edition 1

by Thomas Augst
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University of Wisconsin Press

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Libraries as Agencies of Culture / Edition 1

Libraries—public, school, and academic libraries—are ubiquitous cultural agencies. Yet how much do we know about the multiple ways that they serve and enrich our culture? These essays explore the role of the library in the life of the reader and the library as a place in the life of its users.  Contributors are Thomas Augst, Ari Kelman, Elizabeth Jane Aikin, Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray, Christine Pawley, Juris Dilevko and Lisa Gottlieb, Jean L. Preer, Jacalyn Eddy, Benjamin Hufbauer, and Emily B. Todd.

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ISBN-13: 9780299183042
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Series: Print Culture History in Modern America
Edition description: 1
Pages: 211
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: American Libraries and Agencies of Culture5
The Sound of the Civic: Reading Noise at the New York Public Library23
High Culture, Low Culture: The Singular Duality of the Library of Congress43
Home Libraries and the Institutionalization of Everyday Practices Among Antebellum New Englanders63
Reading versus the Red Bull: Cultural Constructions of Democracy and the Public Library in Cold War Wisconsin87
The Celebration of Health in the Celebration Library105
Exploring the American Idea at the New York Public Library135
"We Have Become Too Tender-Hearted": The Language of Gender in the Public Library, 1880-1920155
The Roosevelt Presidential Library: A Shift in Commemoration173
Research Note
Antebellum Libraries in Richmond and New Orleans and the Search for the Practices and Preferences of "Real" Readers195
Notes on Contributors4

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