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In the novel, The Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers probes the American malaise through the longings of a young adolescent girl. Twelve‐year‐old Frankie no longer sees the world as round and inviting as a school globe. No, the world is huge and cracked and turning a thousand miles an hour. Indeed, the world seems separate from herself. In the midst of chaos, Frankie sees her brother's upcoming wedding as a chance to feel connected, to feel that she matters. The story focuses on Frankie's efforts to be a “member of the wedding,” as she recognizes, “they are the we of me.”
Ask a group of mature graduate students what they remember about their early schooling, and you are likely to hear vivid memories of teachers or librarians reading aloud…
Ask a group of mature graduate students what they remember about their early schooling, and you are likely to hear vivid memories of teachers or librarians reading aloud, sharing literature with children. Admittedly, this is a biased sample of adults who have been positively drawn to reading. However, the power of a teacher to influence a young student is clear in the strong memories, recalled years later. In the frenetic schedule of today's schools, with every minute planned, who is sharing the pleasure of literature with young students? Where can teachers and librarians learn about children's literature so that they are prepared to share it with children and provide them with encouragement to become lifelong readers? How can teachers and librarians intelligently teach a whole language or literature‐based curriculum unless they are familiar with the literature being taught? An AAP Reading Initiative survey found “a full quarter of the teachers said they learn abut new books mainly from other teachers. Only four percent indicated that they heard about new books from librarians.” Dillingofski describes the excitement generated by the AAP Reading Initiative Teachers as Readers Project. Adults who care for children‐parents, teachers, school board members and administrators, meet at least monthly to discuss children's books that they have read. The enthusiasm generated to the book discussions results in increased interaction of adults with children's reading.
Personal readers’ histories have long had a respected place in reading research. They add a human, personalized dimension to the studies of reading practices, often…
Personal readers’ histories have long had a respected place in reading research. They add a human, personalized dimension to the studies of reading practices, often reported through aggregate findings and generalized conclusions. Moreover, they introduce a private context of readers’ lives, which complements other reading contexts (e.g. historical, socio-economic and cultural) required for an understanding of reading behaviours. The purpose of this paper, based on a selected data set from a larger reading study, is to introduce a gallery of portraits of immigrant readers with the aim to facilitate the library practice with immigrant communities.
Qualitative face-to-face intensive interviews with immigrant readers.
The knowledge of reading contexts and the opportunity to see readers as individuals rather than anonymous statistics are crucial for librarians who come in contact with multicultural populations. Personal histories can also serve as a step in building interpersonal relationships between librarians and community members.
The value of the study is in introducing a methodological approach which, through collecting and writing reading histories, allows librarians to gain insight into the cultural practices of multicultural communities and to adjust their work accordingly. This approach can also be used as a prototype for researching other community groups.
For many public libraries true collection development representing service to the full range of individuals within the community will never come as long as the literature…
For many public libraries true collection development representing service to the full range of individuals within the community will never come as long as the literature and behavior of the library profession continue to ignore the existence of adolescents. Consigning an entire group to the category of non‐persons is unworthy of a profession purporting to be a service‐based, client‐oriented operation. When the literature of librarianship ignores adolescents, as I hope to demonstrate below, it reinforces the mind‐set of all too many librarians that service to this group is not essential and its absence from a library's program of service is at least tacitly approved of by higher authorities in librarianship.
MID‐OCTOBER sees all library activities in process. The autumn and winter prospects are interesting and, in some senses, may be exciting. The autumn conferences have been held, except that of the London and Home Counties Branch, which is at Southend for the week‐end October 17th to 20th, and is the third sectional conference to be held this month in addition to seven other meetings. These gatherings, at Torquay, Greenwich, Felixstowe, London (three), Tunbridge Wells and Leicester, show a fairly wide coverage of the lower part of Great Britain. The northerners had their go, so to speak, last month, in Durham and elsewhere, as we have previously recorded. The Programme of Meetings, 1952–53, arranged by organisations in the London and Home Counties Branch area, is a most convenient leaflet listing 33 meetings in the area. Every interest seems to be served, with two exceptions, and every L. A. member of whatever section may attend any or all of the meetings. The exceptions are the meetings of ASLIB and the Bibliographical Society. Any list of meetings for librarians would be improved if it noted all that interest them and these would be a useful, not extravagant, addition. London Library Intelligence, the editorship of which has been handed over by Mr. F. J. Hoy, who did it extremely well, to Mr. R. W. Rouse, Borough Librarian, Finsbury, E.C.1, does provide the required information we understand. It is perhaps too much to expect a list of all gatherings throughout these islands; or is it? There are 12,000 of us and, if only 50 attended a meeting once a year—a satisfactory number for discussion— there would be room for 240 meetings.
SEPTEMBER sees the holiday season waning and the summer irrevocably over. It sees the progressive librarian, as one of our correspondents suggests, making plans for the winter. Possibly it may be said that the really alert one has had them made for some time, because it is immediately on return from holidays, when there is a hint of winter in the air, and daylight saving is over, that the average man thinks of how he will spend his leisure in the darker days. That, at least, is the theory and many librarians have already set up their displays of suggestions to would‐be Students.
[There are thousands of lists of books on special subjects, and nothing more is attempted here than to indicate the most useful. For other lists and bibliographies, reference must be made to the works in Section I. The catalogues of special libraries and the numerous lists of books on special subjects contributed to professional magazines must also be sought for there.]
Investigates the growing significance of project‐based work in the public library sector, using as an example the field of reader development. Drawing on the Branching Out…
Investigates the growing significance of project‐based work in the public library sector, using as an example the field of reader development. Drawing on the Branching Out national reader development initiative (1998‐2001), and on input provided by staff in participating authorities and members of the project management team, it examines the role of the project manager. It looks specifically at the requirement of project managers to co‐ordinate a piece of work from a central position in the organisational structure. The paper acknowledges the difficulties of managing change, and suggests means of overcoming these, using the Branching Out model. It concludes that cultural and structural change will only be achieved in the longer term with the support and commitment of all staff, which will only be achieved through widespread project dissemination.