The Primer was first issued as a University Bulletin in the Library Series. The demand for the work was so great that the first edition of 1000 copies was soon exhausted. The purpose of the Primer is to furnish a guide for teachers who wish to organize high school libraries. It will be found serviceable also to the librarians of small public libraries.
The importance of the modern high school library is being stressed by educators at the present time. They are insisting upon the organization, equipment and the efficient administration of such libraries. The committee on accredited schools of the University of Missouri insists upon adequate library facilities as a condition of accrediting high schools. The college library also must reach the standard in size and quality and efficiency before it is given the rank of a Junior College. The present method of teaching - the laboratory method - presupposes adequate library facilities. In fact, no really good high school is possible without good library facilities.
In preparation of this Library Primer, I have made use of similar publications, and am indebted to Mary E. Baker and Emma K. Parsons, members of my own staff and to Elizabeth B. Wales, Secretary of the Missouri Library Commission, for their criticisms and suggestions.
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