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Eugène Morel and Children's Libraries in France

Gaetan Benoit
The Journal of Library History (1974-1987)
Vol. 20, No. 3 (Summer, 1985), pp. 267-286
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25541627
Page Count: 20
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Eugène Morel and Children's Libraries in France
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Abstract

Eugène Morel, like Edward Edwards in Britain and Melvil Dewey in America, made a remarkable contribution to the development of public libraries in France. Born in 1869, he graduated in law, began a promising literary career, and joined the Barreau de Paris, which he left after a brief career, to take up an assistant librarian's job in 1892 at the Bibliothèque Nationale. He worked there until his death in 1934. His concepts of children's librarianship, extensively drawn from the American model, were embodied in his massive study of library economy. His American connection in France for the promotion of the American concept of free public libraries not only triggered the reorganization of adult libraries, but promoted children's libraries. Eighteen years before his death, Morel contributed to the invention of Film Silf with a view to introduce a new method of teaching in French schools.

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