Document Type

Book

Publication Date

2011

Keywords

Sociology of prison life, County Jails, Human Rights and Social Justice, and Prisoners Families

Abstract

Preface Public libraries in the United States of America are in their third century of service asthe heart of communities throughout the nation. Our public libraries are our publicsphereopentoallwhodesiretousetheirservices—bothasculturalspacesandasvir-tual services. The literature of public librarianship is extensive, but it is also dis-persed among many specializations such as management, information technology,youth services, and community planning. In truth, public librarianship incorporatesall of these specializations, just as public librarians work to serve all people—allbackgrounds, all ethnicities, all ages, all religions or no religion, all abilities, all eco-nomic means. This universality of mission and responsibilities presents a grand chal-lenge. The public library of the twenty-first century is more complex than itsnineteenth-century predecessor with multiple formats, mobile access, and the man-date to provide equity of access to all. The larger community is made stronger by a vi-brantpubliclibrary andthelibrary remains apositiveindicator ofthequalityoflifeinevery community.

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