|Title:||Satisfying the Needs of the Community's Library Users
|Author(s):||Harlan, Harold O.
|Subject(s):||Reference services (Libraries)
|Abstract:||When you, and those associated with you in planning your
library's program of service, have defined your objectives
and identified the public you seek to serve, it is necessary to
consider means of satisfying the needs of the people you serve.
It is the function of this paper to explore some possible approaches
to the problem of satisfying these needs. .. approaches,
many of which will be developed in greater detail in later papers
at this conference.
Our objective here will be to consider briefly the importance
of a librarian's knowledge of the economic, civic, and
social patterns which make up the fabric of community life,
then the selection of materials which will give the library the
informational resources to meet the particular needs of the
community. In this development of the library's collection,
the role of intelligent, interested citizens can be an important
one. Our staff resources must next engage our attention, as
we consider the qualifications of the reference librarian and
the planning of staff time which will best utilize the special
skills of professionally-trained personnel. Since none of our
libraries can encompass all of the recorded information which
our users may need, we must give continuing consideration
to the means of interlibrary organization that will achieve
prompt transmission of information between libraries. Finally,
we must see that the public is made fully aware of the resources
and services that the library offers.
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In R.B.Phelps and J.Phillips (eds). 1957. The library as a community information center; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Library School, September 29-October 2, 1957. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 18-27.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (4th : 1957)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 1957.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-13