Research Problems 390b
A great amount of writing and research has been done in the last few years on the use of the library as an agency of informal education. With the modern trends in curriculum changes and modifications, the tremendous importance of supplementary and reference materials, and the responsibility for training for leisure time and avocational interests, the need for vocational information and the emphasis on social studies and natural sciences have all helped to make the library a truly indispensable service unit for the school. Other agencies of education such as the television, radio, and newspapers, in addition to the textbooks, have not lessened the importance of the library. john Coulbourn makes this statement: "Educators of national prominence and skilled teachers have often referred to the school library as the heart of the school, the most important single feature in a school program." The fundamental advantage of the library is its organization around the most important objective in education. The high school library is a social instrument of far-reaching significance, because it symbolizes the sources of ideas and information, inspirations, and pleasures up on which a true education depends. Every boy and girl should have these services.
Smith, Pauline Winn, "Problems of the Teacher-Librarians of the Small Kansas High Schools" (1954). Problems. Paper 6.