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„Trzy kobiety i biblioteka”. Warszawska Biblioteka Wzorowa dla dzieci i jej kierowniczki (1927-2004)
“Three women and a library”. The Warsaw Model Library for Children and its managers (1927-2004)

Author(s): Grażyna Lewandowicz-Nosal
Subject(s): History, Social Sciences, Geography, Regional studies, Library and Information Science
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: the Warsaw Model Library for Children; Warsaw; Maria Gutry; Zofia Wędrychowska-Papuzińska; Sława Łabanowska; 1927-200

Summary/Abstract: The Warsaw Model Library for Children, opened in Warsaw in November 1927, is one of the best-known institutions of this type in Poland. Its organization and methods of work have served, according to the name, as an organizational model of other children’s libraries. However, the library is not only a place and collections but also people – librarians. The article presents the characters of three managers of this library and their contribution to the development of such a single institution and its impact on the nationwide network of public libraries for children. The character and activity of the organizer and the first manager of the library Maria Gutry, then Zofia Wędrychowska-Papuzińska, and Sława Łabanowska, a long-time first post-war library manager, will be discussed. The fate of the library itself is the background to present their activity. The available biographical materials and archival documents collected in the library will be referred to.

  • Issue Year: 14/2020
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 287-304
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English, Polish