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Historians of American libraries have spent many years puzzling over the function and meaning of libraries in American life and culture. Perhaps as Aristotle believed those long years ago, we need to peel away all the layers of mythology and mistaken assumptions and look anew at the function of the library in its many guises as a product and a producer of American culture. Recent efforts have shown that we have not shrunk from this duty; indeed, for the period 2006–2007 we have been blessed—for the most part—with another outpouring of scholarship relating to the history of libraries and librarianship. As I have for the past dozen years, I will seek to inform my readers with the writings I have come across during the past couple of years of diligently unearthing what has been written, or at least the part of our literary corpus that I have come across. Although several entries could have been mentioned in more than one of the following sections, I have included each item in only one bibliographic category. Readers may need to look in multiple sections for a work of interest. As usual, I would be pleased to learn about important works that have somehow escaped my attention.


This article is from Libraries & the Cultural Record, 44, no. 4 (2009): 434–470, doi: 10.1353/lac.0.0104.

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