The American Public Library Handbook
Guy A. Marco
533 pages • 6⅛ x 9¼
Year Published: 2011
This reference work documents every aspect of the American public library experience through topical entries, statistics, biographies, and profiles.
The first state library was established in Pennsylvania in 1816. Nearly 200 years later, public libraries in America still provide an essential foundation for the archiving of information, and represent a valuable resource for anyone conducting research despite the widespread use of and reliance upon the Internet.
The American Public Library Handbook is the first reference work to focus on all aspects of the American public library experience, providing a topical perspective through comprehensive essays and biographical information on important public librarians.
Based upon the author's own notes and extensive experience, as well as library periodicals, library reference books, monographs, textbooks, Internet sources, and correspondence with individual libraries, this book comprises nearly 1,000 entries addressing all aspects of public library service. Each topical essay considers terminology of the area covered, its historical context, and current concerns and issues. Biographies highlight the philosophical perspective of the individuals covered, while entries on specific libraries present timely data and interesting facts about each facility. This unique handbook also offers up-to-date statistics, historical highlights, and information about programs and events of individual libraries.
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