|Title:||The Public Library In The Metropolitan Environment
|Subject(s):||Libraries and metropolitan areas
|Abstract:||If it was not clear before that the term "metropolitan area* is a
very broad one, encompassing circumstances both complex and widely
differing, it certainly is now. The forces, problems and opportunities
in any large center of population present an overwhelming maze of
interactions; of matters which seem simple only to those who wish
them to be. Close and objective examination of the results of the
massing of people in relatively small geographic areas seem only to
lead us from one tentative conclusion about a problem to another factor,
whose roots are bound up with still others. Furthermore, it is
also clear that the examination of one urban area does not necessarily
yield useful information about others. Even if a certain problem about
which we have some facts in one metropolitan area actually exists in
another area, there is some chance that it has not yet been perceived
and set forth as an important problem.
To make matters worse, superficially, many metropolitan areas
bear similarities to others and thus conceal their real outlines, making
agreement as to the relative shape and importance of unusual
characteristics difficult to achieve. It is possible to make the case
that many, perhaps all, metropolitan areas are very much alike. Each
must have certain basic industries, communications media, food and
service facilities and so forth. These similarities, however, do not
make the central matters for consideration for the public librarian
in San Angelo, Texas, (a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area) the
same as those for the New York Metropolitan area, and nothing else
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In H.Goldstein, ed. 1965. The changing environment for library services in the metropolitan area; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, October 31-November 3, 1965. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 46-54.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (12th : 1965)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1965.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-16