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Libraries, immigrants, and the American experience /
Plummer Alston Jones, Jr.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
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236 p. : ill.
ISBN
0313307695 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
isbn
0313307695 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
2349599
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-222) and index.
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"The interaction between American public libraries and immigrant communites is, of course, not new, and some of its history may be found in Plummer Alston Jones Jr.'s thoughtful, well-documented new volume. It is nicely illustrated and contains a good index."- College & Research Libraries
'œThis study based upon extensive primary and secondary sources, provides a sound analysis of this important topic and is the most extensive examination of the subject to date. By firmly rooting his discussion of library services in the context of the historical and political atmosphere of the period, the author provides a work relevant to the history of both libraries and immigration. This work, based upon Jones' doctoral dissertation, would be an addition of lasting value to any library science or U.S. immigration collection.'' Referenc & User Services Quarterly
"This study based upon extensive primary and secondary sources, provides a sound analysis of this important topic and is the most extensive examination of the subject to date. By firmly rooting his discussion of library services in the context of the historical and political atmosphere of the period, the author provides a work relevant to the history of both libraries and immigration. This work, based upon Jones' doctoral dissertation, would be an addition of lasting value to any library science or U.S. immigration collection."- Referenc & User Services Quarterly
'œ[A] thoughtful well-documented new volume. It is nicely illustrated and contains a good index.'' College & Research Libraries
'œ...the first comprehensice treatment of librarians' attitude toward immigrants over a lengthy time span....a very important book. It is worthy of inclusion in any academic library.'' Libraries & Cultures
"...the first comprehensice treatment of librarians' attitude toward immigrants over a lengthy time span....a very important book. It is worthy of inclusion in any academic library."- Libraries & Cultures
'œThe interaction between American public libraries and immigrant communites is, of course, not new, and some of its history may be found in Plummer Alston Jones Jr.'s thoughtful, well-documented new volume. It is nicely illustrated and contains a good index.'' College & Research Libraries
"[A] thoughtful well-documented new volume. It is nicely illustrated and contains a good index."- College & Research Libraries
'œLibraries, Immigrants, and the American Experience is an excellent addition to the annals of library history and is also recommended for educators, social workers, and those interested in the topic of immigration. Jones' portrayal of librarians as pioneers, humanitarians, and philanthropists is well supported by both primary and secondary sources, for which he provides an excellent bibliography and index.'' Library and Information Science Research
"Libraries, Immigrants, and the American Experience is an excellent addition to the annals of library history and is also recommended for educators, social workers, and those interested in the topic of immigration. Jones' portrayal of librarians as pioneers, humanitarians, and philanthropists is well supported by both primary and secondary sources, for which he provides an excellent bibliography and index."- Library and Information Science Research
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Summaries
Main Description
This is the first full-length, national scope treatment of American public library service to immigrants, which was a central and continuing mission from 1876, when the American Library Association (ALA) was founded, through 1948, when the ALA Committee on Work with the Foreign Born (ALA CWFB) disbanded. It focuses on the leaders of the movement who provided immigrants with information, personal attention, and the guidance they needed to adjust, survive, and thrive.
Long Description
From 1876 to 1924a period of free immigrationthe mission of the American public library in its work with immigrants was to Americanize the immigrants by teaching them English and preparing them for citizenship. From 1924 to 1948a period of restricted immigrationthe mission of the American public library in its work with immigrants was to educate the adult immigrant and to internationalize the American community. Together, the public library and the immigrant community have shaped and perpetuated the national understanding of the value of ethnicity and internationalism to American society. The American public librarians took on the roles of advocates for immigrant rights, social workers, propagandists for the American way, and educators. At the end of the twentieth century, as at the beginning, Americans are still debating the place of immigrants in American society. Public librarians are now as they were then, going about their duties and responsibilities of providing advice and materials to help immigrants, legal and illegal, cope with everyday life in America. The American public library has remained a sovereign alchemist, turning the base metal of immigrant potentialities into the gold of American realities.
Long Description
From 1876 to 1924--a period of free immigration--the mission of the American public library in its work with immigrants was to Americanize the immigrants by teaching them English and preparing them for citizenship. From 1924 to 1948--a period of restricted immigration--the mission of the American public library in its work with immigrants was to educate the adult immigrant and to internationalize the American community. Together, the public library and the immigrant community have shaped and perpetuated the national understanding of the value of ethnicity and internationalism to American society. The American public librarians took on the roles of advocates for immigrant rights, social workers, propagandists for the American way, and educators. At the end of the twentieth century, as at the beginning, Americans are still debating the place of immigrants in American society. Public librarians are now as they were then, going about their duties and responsibilities of providing advice and materials to help immigrants, legal and illegal, cope with everyday life in America. The American public library has remained a sovereign alchemist, turning the base metal of immigrant potentialities into the gold of American realities.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Professor Jones documents the history of American public library work with immigrants from 1876 (the beginning of librarianship as a profession) to 1948 (when the American Library Association Committee on Work with Foreign Born disbanded).
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Libraries, Immigrants, and Free Immigration, 1876-1924p. 5
The Librarian as Advocate: Jane Maud Campbell, 1869-1947p. 39
The Publisher as Propagandist: John Foster Carr, 1869-1939p. 69
Libraries, Immigrants, and Restricted Immigration, 1924-1948p. 97
The Librarian as Social Worker: Eleanor (Edwards) Ledbetter, 1870-1954p. 129
The Librarian as Educator: Edna Phillips, 1890-1968p. 165
Conclusionp. 193
Selected Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 223
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