Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Leda Leitao Martins
© 2011 Ruth Bernstein
In a 1954 Library Science textbook author Ernestine Rose asked her readers to ponder whether the public library is either “unique and indispensable“ or “incidental and pleasant—the frills on our civic costume”. Over sixty-five years later these opposite constructs are still valid to frame my thesis with the questions, What is important about a library, What does it mean and to whom does it matter?
Bernstein, Ruth, "The Idea of the Public Library in the United States: Why is it Important?" (2011). Pitzer Senior Theses. 45.