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Title:Training Urban Information Specialists
Author(s):Welbourne, James
Subject(s):Libraries and community
Social service --Information services
Reference services (Libraries)
Community information services
Abstract:This paper is about the training of urban information specialists , especially as it happened at the University of Maryland. There are many stories on that whole procedure and I have chosen to talk from one vantage point, the idea itself, because I think the concept and the need are even more critical now than when we started in 1970. I would like to disseminate information on what we have learned and what we hope other library schools and institutions will pick up. I will discuss urban information as a field to study and as a professional practice. I do not know what this means for people who are running urban information centers; it could be that the neighborhood information center is one base from which information specialists might work. Our concern was to try to address the critical ghetto problems in this country today, to find those people who are best adapted to solving those problems , to fabricate a living experience that was not insulting to such people, and to communicate to the inner city residents about this service and these professionals. Always in the forefront was service to the people, in particular the Black or the poor in the urban environment of America.
Issue Date:1971
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In C.L. Kronus and L. Crowe (eds). 1971. Libraries and neighborhood information centers; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, October 24-27, 1971. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 100-109.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (17th : 1971)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1971.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-17

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