Latinos’ Perceptions of the Library
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Considered a great tool of democracy,1 libraries are open to all who choose to use them, regardless of race, gender, or creed. Therein lies both the greatest strength and weakness of libraries: because libraries provide resources chosen by librarians for patron use, libraries unwittingly “deny access to their resources to certain social classes.”2 In diverse communities, libraries are often limited as to the extent to which they are able to deal with varied, and sometimes unknown, information needs. All of this leads to the questions of who is well served by libraries and who is left behind.
Adkins, D., & Hussey, L. K. (2004, October 14). Latinos’ Perceptions of the Library. Paper presented at Library Research Seminar III, Kansas City, MO.