|Title:||Special Libraries, Their Supporting Institutions, And Metropolitan Problems
|Author(s):||Woods, Bill M.
|Subject(s):||Libraries and metropolitan areas
|Abstract:||ot long ago Ervin J. Gaines* took Ralph Blasingame^ to task
over an implicit assumption in an article he had written, an assumption
which made everything seem so simple: that reading is vital to
life, and if the idea were projected further, that libraries are vital
to reading. Gaines went on, "True, it may be vital to the middle
class, but is it vital to a migrant farm worker?'
Many persons and groups in our twentieth century society see
little need for easy access to organized collections of books. Few
citizens, though, would argue against libraries unless they are compelled
to place them in priority with other public services such as
highways, police protection, schools, or sewage treatment. Government
officials and school and college administrators, too, are unpredictable
as to their reaction to libraries.
What then of the Special Library, that poorly defined type of
library which came into being without the security of citizen education
and service? It is heartening to hear of enlightened administrators
in corporations, government agencies, hospitals, museums,
and similar institutions who understand and appreciate what a library
can do for them, or why a library should be considered for
their own organization.
How often, though, are there reports of special libraries passing
out of existence and how rare an occurrence is this in the college,
school, and public library world? Not unusual is a letter such as
one dated Monday, July 26, 1965: "Last Friday . . . management informed
me that the Research Library was immediately discontinued
in connection with drastic reduction of all Research activities."
|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: 109-121.
|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