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Title:The Implementation Of Book Selection Policy In University And Research Libraries
Author(s):Downs, Robert B.
Subject(s):Book selection
Abstract:The development of a great research library has a certain mirage quality, something like approaching infinity or attempting to state the exact value of the mathematical symbol pi. We may come closer and closer to our goal, but are doomed never to attain it. An ideal research library, if we can conceive of such perfection, would contain a complete record of human thought, emotion, and action, without restriction as to languages, dates, places, or forms of publication. In brief, its collections would have achieved universality, comprising everything. Such a concept ought to offer an intriguing plot, I suggest, for a science fiction writer. However, faced as we are with the hard realities of practical library administration, with inevitable limitations on funds, space, staff, and availability of materials, what are the elements in a reasonable acquisition program for, say, a university library?
Issue Date:1963
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:Downs, R.B. (1963) The Implementation Of Book Selection Policy In University And Research Libraries. In Goldhor, Herbert (ed) Selection and Acquisition Procedures in Medium-Sized and Large Libraries (Papers presented at an Allerton Park Institute held November 11-14, 1962): 1-9.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (9th : 1962)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-04-03

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