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November 15, 1924

The American Public Library and the Diffusion of Knowledge.

JAMA. 1924;83(20):1611. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660200063036

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Librarians are facing today a problem similar to that which confronted the medical profession a quarter of a century ago; namely, the improvement of their professional status by the establishment of standards of education and possibly of licensure. Although differences of situation are numerous, the librarians have requested and received helpful advice based on the early experiences of the American Medical Association in the standardization of medical schools. One expression of the broad program of the American Library Association is Dr. Learned's report to the Carnegie Corporation. His analysis of methods of adult education will arouse the interest of the many physicians now pondering the need of postgraduate teaching for physicians in small urban and in rural areas. Dr. Learned foresees an intelligent and highly specialized educational service, adapted to the capabilities of the adult, wherever situated, and presenting him with the information which he needs and desires. He surveys

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