A Permanent and Significant Contribution: The Life of May Hill Arbuthnot

Sharon McQueen


May Hill Arbuthnot (1884–1969) was not a children’s librarian, nor did she teach children’s librarianship. She was not a scholar of children’s librarianship. How, then, did she come to have an entry in the biographical dictionary Pioneers and Leaders in Library Services to Youth among the pantheon of youth services legends that included Anne Carroll Moore, Augusta Baker, Mildred Batchelder, and Charlemae Rollins? Why did American Libraries include her among one hundred of the most important leaders of librarianship in the twentieth century? And why did ALA’s Children’s Services Division (now ALSC) agree to administer a lecture series named in Arbuthnot’s honor?

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5860/cal.13n2.13


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