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Librarians as Authors, Editors, and Self-Publishers: The Information Culture of the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Scrapbooks (1936-1943)
Library & Information History (2012)
  • Jason M Vance, Middle Tennessee State University
Abstract
The Kentucky Pack Horse Libraries project was a government-funded Works Progress Administration programme that paid librarians, mostly women, to deliver reading material on the backs of horses and mules to rural Appalachian mountaineers in eastern Kentucky from 1936 to 1943. As part of their work, the librarians would create original scrapbooks for their collections using fragments of discarded books, magazines, reader-contributed stories and drawings, and other printed ephemera. In creating these scrapbooks, librarians expanded their traditional roles as collectors and distributors of information by becoming authors, editors, self-publishers, and archivists of local memory and culture. This study examines a representative collection of these scrapbooks and discusses the librarians’ roles in their creation and distribution.
Publication Date
December, 2012
Citation Information
Jason M Vance. "Librarians as Authors, Editors, and Self-Publishers: The Information Culture of the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Scrapbooks (1936-1943)" Library & Information History Vol. 28 Iss. 4 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jvance/4/