Sex in Public (Libraries): An Historical Sampler of What Every Librarian Should Know

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James V. Carmichael, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: A s historical and sociological objects of study, public libraries present a mirror to their host societies, not only of those societies' reading tastes and information needs, but also of their predominant social values. From a modem perspective, some would argue that American public librarianship reflects a wide though perfect image of society like a Hubbel telescope, indecipherable in its constituent parts, but forming a coherent whole. Others would contend that the image is distorted through a convex lens, so that the public library embodies a larger spectrum of ideas than actually exists in the immediate host society. Conversely, there are those who perceive a concave lens that condenses or omits certain aspects of the world of ideas that the community finds distasteful, or harmful to its interests.

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North Carolina Libraries 53 (Summer), 59-64
Language: English
Date: 1995
Sex, Sexual content, Libraries, Censorship, Library history

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