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Abbott contends that mid-nineteenth century librarians stressed the educational role, organizing collections for retrieval and defining what should be retrieved. ” Inevitably, the public will prevailed, and librarians retreated to the function of access, of a more technical librarianship. The possibility of bibliothecal art conflated to clerical craft, with subsequent change in cultural image. To Abbott, librarians, like other professionals, have a core of power and a vague periphery. Academic libraries and special librarians are central by their association with prestigious universities, their interrelationship that necessitates standardization in format, and their elite clientele that insists on access only.
As a journalist and cultural critic, she debated issues confronting the children’s library world far and wide, introduced authors and artists, remembered favorite books, and launched the reputation of new names like Dr. Seuss. These eclectic musings and judgment calls on children’s books were collected in a multitude of volumes: Roads to Childhood (1920, reprinted as My Roads to Childhood, 1961); New Roads to Childhood (1923); Crossroads to Childhood (1926); and The Three Owls (1925, 1927, 1931).
It was Hewins who established the “adultist” standard of selection adopted by the librarians who followed: children’s books, as part of the body of literature, must be evaluated in a similar manner as adult literature and must be appreciated by adults as well as children. ”71 This conviction was aligned with their aspirations for similar professional stature, which Hewins sensed would come only if they were valued as critics, with knowledge of and experience with literature, a novel and unparalleled role distinguishing them from others of a more scripted position.