Redmond Kathleen Molz

Redmond Kathleen Molz is Professor of Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

  • Civic Space/Cyberspace

    Civic Space/Cyberspace

    The American Public Library in the Information Age

    Redmond Kathleen Molz and Phyllis Dain

    Quintessentially American institutions, symbols of community spirit and the American faith in education, public libraries are ubiquitous in the United States. Close to a billion library visits are made each year, and more children join summer reading programs than little league baseball. Public libraries are local institutions, as different as the communities they serve. Yet their basic services, techniques, and professional credo are essentially similar; and they offer, through technology and cooperative agreements, myriad materials and information far beyond their own walls.

    In Civic Space/Cyberspace, Redmond Kathleen Molz and Phyllis Dain assess the current condition and direction of the American public library. They consider the challenges and opportunities presented by new electronic technologies, changing public policy, fiscal realities, and cultural trends. They draw on site visits and interviews conducted across the country; extensive reading of reports, surveys, and other documents; and their long-standing interest in the library's place in the social and civic structure. The book uniquely combines a scholarly, humanistic, and historical approach to public libraries with a clear-eyed look at their problems and prospects, including their role in the emerging national information infrastructure.

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  • Federal Policy and Library Support

    Federal Policy and Library Support

    Redmond Kathleen Molz

    The library field as a whole, functions unaware of how federal decisions affecting the profession are made. This well-written book will greatly increase librarians' understanding of the background and development of the position of the federal government toward library support and of the entire machinery that controls the planning, budgeting, and administering of legislated programs. Analyzed here are the federal priorities for funding in accordance with stated objectives, along with the capabilities of the existing legislated programs to meet them.

    • Hardcover $27.50
    • Paperback $25.00
  • The Metropolitan Library

    Ralph W. Conant and Redmond Kathleen Molz

    Like so many other public institutions, libraries are struggling to adapt to the changes in materials, techniques, and clientele wrought by urbanization and advancing technology. As service institutions, they must meet the needs created by new social, political, and economic conditions. As public organizations, they face an increasingly diverse clientele—older people come to the library for self-improvement, adult education, or cultural stimulation; students rely on its reference works to supplement the collections of school libraries; educators attempt to use its resources to reach the culturally deprived; business require complicated reference and information storage and retrieval services; and the general reader seeks a place for browsing and light reading.

    Essays in this volume by librarians, educators, social scientists, urban planners, and communications experts attempt to describe the many and varied developmental problems facing public libraries in metropolitan areas of the United States. The essays contain information about the financial, political, demographic, cultural, and educational influences shaping the role of the public library in our society. Even though The Metropolitan Library cannot, by the very nature of the questions it raises, provide solutions to the problems it describes, it is nonetheless a thought-stimulating work that provides many reference points for further research.

    The book will be useful to the librarian, the administrator, and the library student. In addition, discussions of contemporary urban problems will be of value to the sociologist, political scientist, city planner, and anyone concerned with the future of cities and the role of the library in them.

    The volume opens with two introductory essays by the volume editors. The first, “The Urban Public Library: A Perspective,” by Kathleen Molz, traces the growth of public libraries from the founding of the Public Library of the City of Boston in 1852 to the present. The next article, by Ralph W. Conant, “The Metropolitan Library and the Educational Revolution: Some Implications for Research,” pinpoints critical areas where research is needed. Philip Ennis, Dan Lacy, John E. Bebout, Edward C. Banfield, and Jesse H. Shera discuss “The Functions of the Public Library.” John E. Bebout and David Popenoe, Robert H. Salisbury, William F. Hellmuth, Lowell Martin, Claire K. Lipsman, Lester L. Stoffel, and Norman Elkin focus on the specific problems of urban libraries in the section entitled “The Public Library in the Metropolis.” “Critical Issues”—including the education of librarians, the role of technology in library development, the potential of telecommunications, and the burgeoning of nonprint materials—are considered by D. J. Foskett, John Tebbel, John Bystrom, and Kathleen Molz. The volume concludes with an annotated bibliography of works on metropolitan area library problems compiled by Leonard Grundt.

    • Hardcover $25.00