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Libraries as Agencies of Culture
Edited by Thomas Augst and Wayne Wiegand

Print Culture History in Modern America
James P. Danky, Wayne A. Wiegand, and Christine Pawley, Series Editors

There are more public libraries in the U.S. than McDonald's restaurants. More children participate in library summer reading programs than in Little League baseball.

Libraries—public, school, and academic libraries—are ubiquitous cultural agencies. Yet how much do we know about the multiple ways that they serve and enrich our culture? These essays explore the role of the library in the life of the reader and the library as a place in the life of its users. Contributors are Thomas Augst, Ari Kelman, Elizabeth Jane Aikin, Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray, Christine Pawley, Juris Dilevko and Lisa Gottlieb, Jean L. Preer, Jacalyn Eddy, Benjamin Hufbauer, and Emily B. Todd.

Thomas Augst is assistant professor of English at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Wayne Wiegand is co-director of the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

This book is a special issue of the journal American Studies, Volume 42, No. 3

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January 2003

211 pp.       6 x 9

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