By James W. Hulse
The production of a library method in Nevada provided bold demanding situations. until eventually the center of the 20 th century, Nevada had the smallest inhabitants of any kingdom within the Union, in moderation scattered over an enormous zone; such a lot cities have been very small; and the economic system was once principally in response to agriculture and a boom-and-bust mining undefined, uncongenial to the type of long term monetary commitments had to construct, inventory, and retain libraries. but from the very starting, efforts have been made to create libraries. Many mining camps had examining golf equipment that provided citizens a quiet position to peruse the most recent newspapers and different fabrics, and fraternal orders, women's teams, and different corporations proven small lending and subscription libraries. In "Oases of Culture," veteran Nevada historian James W. Hulse recounts the tortuous and sometimes colourful historical past of Nevada's libraries and the paintings of the committed librarians, educators, civic leaders, women's companies, philanthropists, and politicians who struggled to make the democratic imaginative and prescient of unfastened libraries on hand to all Nevadans. From the institution of the kingdom Library in 1865, just one 12 months after statehood, in the course of the production of tax-supported public libraries after passage of a library legislation in 1895, to the improvement of modern-day glossy collage and neighborhood collage libraries and the public-library details companies that serve Nevada's booming and more and more various inhabitants, Hulse recounts the rigors and triumphs of Nevada's libraries. He additionally examines the position of Nevada librarians in fostering literacy and confronting the 1st modification controversies that experience periodically shaken the nation's cultural foundations. "Oases of tradition" is a close, full of life, and meticulously researched examine of a crucial a part of Nevada's improvement as a nation. The state's smooth library procedure is among the brightest parts of the approach to life it bargains its present inhabitants, and Hulse's account preserves the usually problematical and infrequently heroic efforts of the outstanding people who outfitted it.
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Following the guidelines of the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, the nla has developed its own Intellectual Freedom Handbook, issued in 1984 and 1994 under the leadership of Lynn Ossolinski and expanded again in 1999 as a guide for libraries and their staﬀs. It insists upon the right to privacy for library users and resists all eﬀorts by meddlers to learn about the materials individuals are reading. In 1999 the nla under the leadership of Bonnie Buckley took another stand for freedom of access to Internet materials.
This did not happen until 1999, when a building near Robb Drive donated by Jack Tranor was redesigned for library use. It was the ﬁrst new full-service library building opened in the greater Reno area since the completion of the downtown Fleischmann library in 1966 and was the result of a unique agreement between private donors and public resources—a lease-purchase arrangement that saved the system much money. The northwest library has a stunning view of the valley and substantial room for growth.
She was much more fortunate than her predecessors because the state legislature took greater interest in library matters. When Kerschner resigned in 1999 to become director of the Henderson district libraries, she was replaced by Monteria Hightower, previously a regional administrator in the Las Vegas– Clark County Library District. Hightower had been a primary proponent, as chair of the government relations committee of nla, of a statewide policy enacted by the 1997 legislature that enabled local libraries to apply to the state library for support funding for the purchase of books, library materials, and databases.