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Title:The Components of the Science Collection
Author(s):Strieby, Irene M.
Subject(s):Libraries --Special collections --Science
Abstract:Previous papers have discussed the various aspects of science literature for general reading so presumably all previous steps already have been taken into consideration when the basic ingredients of the collection- -or components, as the term appears in the title of this paper are analyzed. This phrase, somewhat anticlimatic, lands the author somewhere on the circumference of a circle --perhaps that vicious one containing the chicken and the egg. Or to put it another way, some may feel that we had the "cart before the horse "--that, for example, one does not select until he knows what to select for whom, why, when, how, and where. Much time could be wasted on the question of priorities but, since this is the last discussion in the second series, we cannot turn back and start all over again. Let us proceed, therefore, to think about the composition of the collection, built or re-built, in the light of what the reading public wants, where to get it and how, as well as of other types of materials the general reader might use to advantage once he becomes aware of their existence. In this paper some suggestions may, of necessity, emphasize those made by previous speakers; in fact, they may be repetitive in spots. On the other hand there may be some difference of opinion. By this time one gathers that the general reader is a person of ordinary intelligence who has not had recent training nor, up to now, specific knowledge of the subject in which he has indicated an interest.
Issue Date:1960
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In F.B.Jenkins (ed). 1960. Collecting science literature for general reading; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, November 6-9, 1960. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 150-170.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (7th : 1960)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1959.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-16

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