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Title:Periodicals and Documents
Author(s):Lightfoot, Helen
Subject(s):Collection development (Libraries)
Book selection
Abstract:At mid-20th century any librarian must be impressed with one need in particular- -the need to choose wisely in order to keep the library collection for which he is responsible within a practicable size for giving the best possible service to his patrons. Elimination in selection requires the knowledge of and the intelligent uss of available tools and of the local community needs as well as more courage than is exercised in quantitative acquisition. Certainly with the quantity of material available in both periodical and document form the need for intelligent selection is imperative. It is the more imperative because you as the librarian are the agent for bringing together the materials containing the information and the people wanting the information. Yours is the further duty of making the people want the material you are able to supply. Thus an informed community is in a large measure your responsibility. Today periodicals and government publications provide some of the best sources for reliable and timely information on current affairs, both domestic and international, on developments in research in all fields of knowledge, and in improved methods for carrying on the common tasks of everyday living. In many cases only the government has sufficient resources for carrying out a survey of such magnitude as that of the decennial census for example, the results of which are issued as government publications.
Issue Date:1956
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In D.E.Strout and F.T.Eaton (eds). 1956. The nature and development of the library collection : with special reference to the small and medium-sized public library. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 63-77.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (3rd : 1956)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 1956
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-13

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