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The public library as street corner university: back to the future?

Judith Broady‐Preston (Judith Broady‐Preston is a Lecturer in the Department of Information and Library Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK.)
Andrew Cox (Andrew Cox is Community Librarian, Kent County Council Arts & Libraries, Gravesend Central Library, Gravesend, Kent.)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Article publication date: 1 July 2000



Examines the concept of the street corner university, and assesses the political, social and marketing implications of such a concept being adopted as a vision for the UK public library service. Current views regarding the provision of public library services are explored from the perspectives of Government and the profession. Issues regarding equity of provision and the role of the library service promoting policies of social inclusion are discussed and evaluated. Concludes that, unless the public library service can meet the challenges facing it, it will become increasingly marginalized within society. The dominant paradigms of the profession must be viewed as complementary rather than contradictory, and the successes of the present reconciled with visions of the future, if the true potential of both the street corner university concept and the public library service is to be achieved.



Broady‐Preston, J. and Cox, A. (2000), "The public library as street corner university: back to the future?", New Library World, Vol. 101 No. 4, pp. 149-161.




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