Deidre C. Stam, former Dir. of the Program in Rare Books and Special Collections, SLIS of Long Island University; Trustee, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

“Public library activity dealing with the growing enthusiasm for special collections and archives has too often been neglected in the professional literature. A welcome addition to this emerging body of material is Diantha Schull’s overview of more than one hundred library programs that are designed to engage audiences with original materials. Based on a survey of U.S. public libraries, both large and small, Schull’s lucid descriptions of exemplars from across the country address outreach, public programming, organizational structures, funding patterns, challenges, future plans, and more.”