[Review] Instruction and Amusement: Papers from the Sixth Australian Library History Forum, edited by B.J. McMullin.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James V. Carmichael, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: The most recent set of papers to issue from Australia's biennial library history conference reflects the uniqueness of the Australian situation at the same time that it resonates with concerns central to American library history, namely, the origins of free library sen'ice; the history and purposes of reading; censorship; professional biography; and the transformation of library science to library and information studies. Aside from stumbling on the occasional anglicization in spelling or historical usage (for example, expirees on p. 8, ticket-of-leave men on p. 16, inquiry room for reference room on p. 135, and tertiary instead of higher education throughout), nonspecialists will find the collection engaging, although the papers were largely accepted as written by the editor and are somewhat uneven in terms of quality of documentation and approach.

Additional Information

The Library Quarterly 68:97-98.
Language: English
Date: 1998
Book reviews, Australia, Librarianship, Library history

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