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-**{{:​occasional_papers:​george_h._locke_an_apostle_of_books_and_reading_pdf.pdf|An '​Apostle of Books and Reading:'​ George Herbert Locke}} ​ ****/ by Lorne Bruce (July 2019)** An Adobe PDF file. 
-George H. Locke, chief librarian of the Toronto Public Library between 1908 and 1937, was Canada’s foremost librarian in the first part of the twentieth century. During this period free public libraries and librarianship in Ontario expanded rapidly due to the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie, improvements in library education, and the influence of American library developments. Locke’s outlook in library work was guided by his Methodist upbringing, his association with John Dewey’s contribution to American progressive education, and the Anglo-Canadian academic tradition of British Idealism. As director of Toronto’s library system, he brought his ambitious ideas to bear in many ways most notably the building of neighbourhood branches, library service for children, formal education for librarians, and the idea of the public library as a municipal partner in the self-education of adult Canadians. By the end of the 1920s, Toronto’s public library system was recognized as one of the best in North America and George Locke’s reputation as a progressive leader had vaulted him to the Presidency of the American Library Association. For Locke, libraries and librarianship served the public interest by delivering knowledge and by guiding individual self-development through experiential learning and transcendent ideals.\\ 
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