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Title:Model Cities Community Information Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Author(s):Luce, Robert J.
Subject(s):Libraries and community
Social service --Information services
Reference services (Libraries)
Community information services
Abstract:In accord with the times, the Free Library of Philadelphia has for the past several years been actively seeking and implementing new ways to serve the inner city. As affluent America moves to the suburbs and invisible America emerges, the need for providing some sort of continuum of informational and cultural exchange has become more apparent. Always in the past the knowledgeable few have managed to tap the vast stores of information hidden away in great libraries, but today neither the human needs of the majority of people can be ignored, nor publicly funded ivory towers stand aside from these needs. During the late 1960s the Free Library administration considered the possibility of reaching the inner city with a community information and referral center. Early in 1970, however, the library found that a Philadelphia Model Cities group had gone much further with a similar idea, which was also to include plans for the use of three-way phones and a computerized data base. The library was then able to secure Library Services and Construction Act funding through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a gentlemen's agreement with the Model Cities Project for a joint venture which was to be known as the Model Cities Community Information Center (MCCIC).
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: 115-118.
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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