Effie Louise Power: Librarian, educator, author

Melanie A. Kimball, Christine A. Jenkins, Betsy Hearne

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Effie Louise Power (1873-1969) represented the high standard of collaboration among children's librarians that characterized the entire development of youth services work. This article examines Power's role in U.S. library history as a practitioner, library and information science educator, national and regional professional leader, and author. Particular emphasis is given to Power's place in the network of children's librarians in the early twentieth century, her professional authority as the librarian selected by the American Library Association to write the first textbook for children's librarianship, and her success as one of the many librarians who have written and edited children's books, especially folktale collections for use in storytelling programs. Emerging most notably from this research is the discovery of how energetically, albeit quietly, Power influenced not only her contemporaries but also the next several generations of children's librarians who have followed in her professional footsteps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)924-951
Number of pages28
JournalLibrary Trends
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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