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Ernestine Rose and the Harlem Public Library

Title: Ernestine Rose and the Harlem Public Library: Theory Testing Using Historical Sources.
Name(s): Skinner, Julia C., author
Gross, Melissa, professor directing dissertation
Koslow, Jennifer Lisa, university representative
Burnett, Gary, 1955-, committee member
Urban, Richard J., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Communication and Information, degree granting college
School of Library and Information Studies, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (215 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This dissertation focused on the 135th Street branch of the New York Public Library, located in the Harlem neighborhood. It focused on the library under the leadership of Ernestine Rose, who was the head librarian from 1920-1942. During this time, the library became a community center with diverse and vibrant programming, and an important influence on the Harlem Renaissance. This study focuses on a longer time period than has been examined previously, and also introduces theory testing to the document analysis, which is an underused method of historical analysis in Information Studies currently. This study uses the theory of Information Worlds, which contextualizes information behaviors within the social worlds individuals inhabit, and introduces the Change in Historic Institutions model, which provides a framework for describing change events.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9684 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the School of Information in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2015.
Date of Defense: May 29, 2015.
Keywords: Ernestine Rose, Harlem, library history, New York, public library, theory testing
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Melissa Gross, Professor Directing Dissertation; Jennifer Koslow, University Representative; Gary Burnett, Committee Member; Richard J. Urban, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Library science
Information science
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