1957: The library as a community information center

 

Allerton Park Institute Proceedings (no. 4, 1957); Edited by Rose B. Phelps and Janet Phillips

The papers herewith presented were given at the Institute on the Library as a Community Information Center held at Allerton House, Monticello, Illinois on September 29-October 2, 1957, under the auspices of the University of Illinois Library School in cooperation with the University Extension Division. Like its predecessors this institute was planned to appeal to the needs of librarians in small and medium-sized public libraries and to this group, college librarians have been added. However, it seems obvious that meeting the informational needs of such libraries involves a large measure of interlibrary cooperation. Therefore, the subject has been approached not merely from the standpoint of the local development of a reference service but more particularly from that of the cooperative use of resources and trained personnel which should result from a new grouping of small libraries into larger service units.

The complete text of the Institute is available here as well as the individual papers. The papers included here are:

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    Phelps, Rose B. (Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1957)
    The institute speakers, and the ensuing discussions, looked at reference work from four different approaches: the nature and spirit of reference service; its extension through effective public relations; its strengthening ...

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  • Bruder, Mildred (Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1957)
    In the first chapter of Public Library Service, A Guide to Evaluation, with Minimum Standards, the services provided by the modern library are grouped into six divisions. Under the sixth and last division heading are ...

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  • Knox, Margaret Enid (Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1957)
    "No library can render effective service without adequate and competent personnel. The library's unique function of serving as the one unbiased, non-partisan bureau of information for all the people calls for personnel ...

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  • Shipman, Joseph C. (Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1957)
    In preparing this paper, the author turned first to Science Reference Notes which is an interesting and useful tool to anyone concerned with scientific and technical reference materials and a ready launching platform ...

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  • Northup, Helen F. (Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1957)
    To discuss in the short space of this paper all the interesting and important new reference sources which have appeared in the humanities in the past seven years is impossible. The humanities cover many things --language ...

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