TitleThe Professionalization of a Calling: Mission and Method at the New York Library Club, 1885-1901
Uniform TitleLibraries & the Cultural Record
PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
NameGlynn, Tom (author),
DescriptionMelvil Dewey founded the New York Library Club in 1885. It became an influential forum for exchanging ideas and debating methods and principles among practitioners of an emerging profession. Members were inspired by the mission of the public library, by an evangelical zeal to uplift the masses by bringing fine literature into their homes. At the same time, they were forced to develop methods of gaining intellectual control over the increasing number of titles issued by American publishers each year, as well as methods of attracting readers of cheap fiction to more uplifting works. This article explores tensions between mission and methods during this formative period.
NoteLibraries & the Cultural Record, 41, 4 (Fall, 2006):438-161
CollectionGlynn, Tom Collection
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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