SMC229 Readers & Readerships - Lecture 10, Canadian Readers

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University of Toronto St. George
St. Michael's College Courses
Jessica Wolfe

Canadian Readers SMC229 ReadersReaderships Lecture 10 on March 13 2012 We had a long discussion about the pros and cons of reading locally Proscan enhance reading experience and help local publishing industry and economy grow Conscan be distracting and hinder escapismLibraries in Canada developed fairly slowly by 1920 there were only 210 branches in Canada half of which were in ONMany libraries were attached to government bodies until the 50sLibraries were also meant to house documents and archivesMost people did not have access to popular literature or other materials but since there were okay government libraries no one was agitating for chance Again idea that the people who would most benefit from better libraries are those least able to speakA 1933 survey called the Ridington Report found that Canada was underserved by libraries Found that there was a shortage of trained librarians and no national plan for how to run libraries In 1946 the system was reformed based on these findingsPossible to reform libraries at this time because Canadas economy was doing well after the world wars veterans home provided a boom in wealth veterans needed education and participating in wars had given Canada a greater sense of nationalism which caused a willingness to build national institu
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