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Investigación bibliotecológica

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MENESES TELLO, Felipe. Libraries and society: the social paradigm of the public library. Investig. bibl [online]. 2013, vol.27, n.61, pp.157-173. ISSN 2448-8321.

The author analyzes theoretical aspects associated with the so-called "library-society" relationship paradigm. The scope to the discussion includes: 1) the public library as a social institution; 2) the social principles of the public library; 3) the social ethos of the public library, and 4) the public library as builder of the community. The paper concludes that this library institution contributes to building better citizenry, i.e., a more educated, better informed citizen who can participate in society while enhancing the operation of the democratic state.

Keywords : Public library; Society; Social institution; Social paradigm.

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