1. UWM
  2. School of Information Studies
  3. News & Events
  4. News
  5. Dr. Joyce M. Latham Focuses on the Public Library's Effort to Engage Communities in New Collections from UW Press

Dr. Joyce M. Latham Focuses on the Public Library's Effort to Engage Communities in New Collections from UW Press

[Image] Dr. Joyce M. Latham Focuses on the Public Library's Effort to Engage Communities in New Collections from UW Press

 Dr. Joyce M. Latham, Assistant Professor, has contributed a chapter to the book - “Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth-Century America,” published in September 2013 By University of Wisconsin Press. Latham's chapter, “A liberal and dignified approach”, focuses on the John Toman branch of the Chicago Public Library from 1927 through 1940, how it engaged a predominately Czech population, and ultimately, how the new Americans discovered their First Amendment rights. “I think it provides a sense of context for the development of intellectual freedom as a core professional value,” says Latham.

Editors Christine Pawley and Louise S. Robbins (University of Wisconsin-Madison) have organized a collection of essays that examine the roles of public libraries as living spaces that engage diverse populations across the history of American cultures. Public libraries have played a critical role in nurturing the pursuit of reading and writing by providing access to a variety of print media for more than one hundred years. The impact public libraries have on society continues; according to the American Library Association, there are more branches of the public library than there are McDonald’s restaurants in the United States. This collection of essays focuses on the relationship between librarians and patrons. It is organized by sections including immigrants and localities; methods of researching the history of reading in libraries and the role of libraries in providing access to non-mainstream publications. The book, “Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth-Century America” shows the desires and needs of different communities to have access to a variety of media including books, magazines, plays, images, audio and videos throughout the twentieth century.

Dr. Latham’s expertise in public libraries, intellectual freedom and library history is evident in her first contribution to a book. “It’s great to have a publication in a book,” says Latham. Dr. Latham has a background in technical services and cataloging. Formerly the Executive Director of the Onondaga County Public Library in Syracuse, NY she also served as the Director of Information Technology with the Chicago Public Library. Dr. Latham received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Her research focuses on the role librarians play as activists in the development of culture. She is the coordinator of the Public Library Leadership concentration at SOIS and she teaches courses on intellectual freedom, public libraries and adult services.


|