The Collected Wit and Wisdom of Dorothy M. Broderick: The VOYA Editorials and More
240 pages • 6 x 9
Dorothy Broderick was a seminal figure in the development of library services, particularly services to young adults and teens, in the second half of the twentieth century. She was an articulate advocate for intellectual freedom and fought against censorship. As editor-chief of Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) magazine, which she co-founded with Mary K. Chelton, Broderick wrote compelling editorials, a mix of incisive analysis or arguments and trenchant commentary, often punctuated with subtle and not-so-subtle humour. The editorials are collected here for the first time, and are complimented by selected articles written by Broderick for VOYA and other professional publications. Essays about Broderick have been contributed by three leading professionals. Dr. Betty Turock addresses Broderick's longevity as a fearless, irresistible, and challenging teacher, chiefly of professional young adult librarians. Patty Campbell draws upon scores of letters and documents to create a portrait of Broderick as a challenging and humorous personality and defender of the intellectual freedom of youth and their access to library services. The book's editor, Dr. Anthony Bernier, introduces Broderick as a pivotal historical figure in youth services and LIS generally—one emerging out of LIS's historical commitments to institutional agendas and into a vision of the library as better connected to contemporary cultural affairs with commitments to the public's desires.
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