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Title: The Role of the State Library in the Development
Author(s): Brigham, Harold F.
Subject(s): Collection development (Libraries) Book selection
Abstract: I. Introduction Specific examples of requests received by the Indiana State Library illustrate the important part that a state library plays in the development of local library collections . 1. A request from a small library for help in weeding its total collection, including a large accumulation of dust- covered gifts in a dirt- floor basement. 2. A request, from a small library that is preparing to move into a handsome new building, for help in weeding and reorganizing its total collection. It was realized that the uninviting appearance of its book stock would detract from the appearance of the new quarters and that the location of the various types and classes of materials on the open shelves called for reorganization in order to facilitate use by public and staff. 3. A request from a medium- size county library for aid in its appeal to the State Tax Commission when the local Tax Adjustment Board had seriously reduced the. new library tax levy. A substantial increase in funds had been proposed for developing the library's collection of books and other materials, long needed. The increase was justified by the recent doubling of the county's assessed valuation resulting from the construction of a huge regional power plant in the county. The State Library was able to help in effecting a satisfactory compromise settlement by personal consultation with the Tax Commission. 4. A request from a new State Commission on the Aged and Aging that the State Library prepare an exhibit and reading list for a state conference to be staged by the Commission. This led to the library's collaborating with the Commission in dispatching a special letter to all libraries of the state, enclosing the reading list and urging special attention to the development of services for older people and for local agencies working in this field, with helpful suggestions.
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: 95-103.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (3rd : 1956)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1445
ISSN: 0536-4606
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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