Sharon O’Malley Oral History

Chris Krause conducts an interview of Sharon O’Malley, library patron and former library page, in four parts:

  • Origins and character
  • Literacy, education and role of public libraries in upbringing
  • Experiences as a library page
  • Reflections on information retrieval

Questions explore the changing perception of libraries and of more traditional forms of information retrieval through a biographical lens. Findings are in some ways typical and in some ways illuminating: the narrator weaves an insightful portrait of the contemporary public library and the social dimensions surrounding patrons.

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