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Title: Designing Facilities for School Library Materials Centers
Author(s): Srygley, Sara Krentzman
Subject(s): School libraries
Abstract: As libraries were established in a few secondary schools in America at the turn of the century, in all probability those responsible felt that they faced insurmountable problems. These pioneer libraries were placed wherever space could be spared in buildings not planned to accommodate them at all. In retrospect, it seems remarkable that school administrators and librarians of the early 1900' s could arrange library equipment and materials as effectively as they often did in the small and unsuitable areas then designated for libraries. Sixty years later, designing new or renovated quarters for school library services is one of the most complex and challenging problems school library or materials specialists face. The buildings they help to plan represent their concepts of the role of the library in education today, as well as their ability to influence school administrators and architects to accept their ideas. The amount of space allocated for library services, the nature and location of the special areas designated, and specific provisions for the housing and dissemination of the educational media considered legitimate library materials all these tell a community what the planners believe to be a good school library and what services may be expected from it. Winston Churchill is often quoted as having said that we shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us. Recognition of the truth of his statement only contributes to the insecurity a thoughtful school librarian must surely feel today.
Issue Date: 1963
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In A. Lohrer (ed). 1963. The school library materials center: its resources and their utilization; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, November 3-6, 1963. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 59-68.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (10th : 1963)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1511
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1959.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-16
 

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