This School’s Social Mission: The Early Days

Seminar | October 4 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

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The School originated in 1918 to mitigate an acute shortage of qualified librarians in California. But this mission was founded on a strong social agenda to achieve economic efficiency, to foster social harmony, to promote individual personal development, to protect civil liberties, and to promote liberal democracy. I will review this social agenda with special attention to the role of public libraries, the rise of authoritarian political ideologies in the 1930s, the development of bibliography, and the interpretation of that social agenda in todayâs circumstances.

This talk is an expanded version of Professor Bucklandâs remarks at the Schoolâs 101st Birthday Celebration.