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December 12, 1996

"Readers and Libraries" Lecture by Kenneth E. Carpenter Is Published by the Library of Congress

"Library history still offers the professional historian and the professional librarian an opportunity for pioneering scholarship," concludes Kenneth E. Carpenter in Readers & Libraries: Toward a History of Libraries and Culture in America, which has just been published by the Library of Congress. Mr. Carpenter, Assistant Director for Research Resources at Harvard University Library, calls for a new collaborative history of libraries and their role in American culture, a history that relates libraries to American intellectual, social, cultural, and political life.

Readers & Libraries was presented as a lecture on Sept. 25, 1995, at the Library of Congress under the sponsorship of the Center for the Book. In his preface, Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole notes that the center will help facilitate the development of the new history that Mr. Carpenter proposes in his lecture.

Readers & Libraries is a stimulating statement of "what needs to be done, and why" in American library history. This 39- page booklet designed for the Center for the Book by Patricia Inglis is available in the Library of Congress Sales Shop for $3.95. For information call (202) 707-0271.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. Its program, which is supported mostly by private funds, reaches into every region of the country through a network of 32 affiliated state centers and more than 80 national educational and civic organizations.

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PR 96-171
ISSN 0731-3527

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