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Author(s):Lancour, Harold
Subject(s):Collection development (Libraries)
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Abstract:The Institute was soundly based on the belief that collection development is the central function of librarianship. A library by definition is a collection of materials. To bring together a collection which furthers the objectives of the institution and meets the needs and purposes of the library's clientele is the primary purpose of the librarian. While it is true that modern librarianship gives great and proper emphasis to reader services, the success of these services depends in large measure upon the quality of the collection around which they are built. One of the speakers, Elizabeth Nesbitt, drew attention to the aptness of the figure of "building a collection" with its connotation of an architectural construction. Such a construction is planned, it is orderly, and its results are functional. This idea became,in a way, the theme of the conference.
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: 134-139.
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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