A Couple of Thoughts
Is McCook's emphasis on "stability" and "resilience" of libraries and communities so different from the motivations of early library leaders?
I can't resist: on p. 69 McCook talks of "This approach calls for less large centralizaed governemnt and more responsilibity on the part of local governments, individual citizens, and community institutions for tackling public problems." Now, isn't this view that of the traditional Republican politicans and leaders? Yet many of these community building initiatives were carried out during the Democratic Clinton presidency, with the traditional Democratic emphasis on big governement involvement. What does all of this say about the U.S. politically during the 1990s, as well as the library profession during this time? Is it all about compromise?