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Examines issues that impact on public library services, past and present. Policy makers who shaped library collections and use patterns. Segregated libraries in the South. Challenge to segregation of libraries in 1960s. Effect of multiculturalism. Role played by the American Library Association (ALA). Concludes the African American community is still underserved by the public library system.
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African-Americans and Public Libraries
The purpose of this report is to examine, from a historical perspective, the African-American’s ability to receive service from public libraries. To that end, the paper will examine library service to African-Americans from the period of slavery through the Civil War, Reconstruction, World War I and World War II, and through to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its effect on the public library. A brief discussion of the role played by the American Library Association (ALA) and the effect of multiculturalism will also be provided.
The rationale for selecting this particular subject is based upon the recognition that the public library functions in a democratic society as a source of information and knowledge and simultane

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