The Information Film: A Report of the Public Library Inquiry

The Information Film: A Report of the Public Library Inquiry

The Information Film: A Report of the Public Library Inquiry

The Information Film: A Report of the Public Library Inquiry

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This report on the information film records the results of a study sponsored jointly by the Public Library Inquiry and the Twentieth Century Fund. The interest of the Inquiry in the documentary and factual film is natural, because such films are an increasingly important part of the materials that the public library assembles and distributes. The Fund's interest.in this survey grows out of the fact that it has long been concerned with the use of documentary or information films as one means of disseminating the results of its research studies of social and economic problems.

Miss Gloria Waldron of the educational staff of the Twentieth Century Fund, who has had a large share of responsibility in the development of the Fund's film program, is primarily responsible for this survey of the information film and is author of this report. She had the assistance of Miss Cecile Starr, however, who assembled most of the information upon which Chapters 6-8 were based.

Although this investigation is part of a general inquiry into the functions and problems of American public libraries, the report deals broadly with information films in general and with public libraries as only one part of the complicated-- and confusing--machinery now developing for the production, distribution, and exhibition of these films.

Miss Waldron paints a glowing picture of the great potentialities of the information film as a new instrument of communication and education, but a discouraging picture of the actualities of present-day production and distribution. In contrast to industrial advertising films and classroom, training, and sectarian religious films, which are being produced . . .

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