Library Trends 01 (1) Summer 1952: Current Trends in College and University Libraries


Library Trends 1 (1) Summer 1952: Current Trends in College and University Libraries. Edited by Robert B. Downs.

In launching a new journal upon the library profession, already surfeited and perhaps at times even inundated by existing literature in the field, the University of Illinois Library School has not rushed in rashly. A long period of discussion and serious thought was devoted to the question of, first, whether there was a need and place for another library periodical, and, second, if the answer was affirmative, what kind of journal? Advice was obtained from persons in other institutions with points of view as nearly impartial and objective as possible. Only after being fully convinced that a genuine and worthwhile contribution to librarianship is possible, did the Library School decide to establish Library Trends.

To obtain a broad perspective and to provide a foundation for more specialized treatment later, each of the first several numbers of Library Trends will be concerned with a specific branch of the field, i.e., college and university, public, school, special, and governmental libraries. In substance, the purpose is to offer a general status quo statement of social, political, educational, and economic tendencies now affecting libraries, with some forecasts of things to come and attempts to identify areas in need of further investigation. The present issue, dealing with the principal trends in college and university libraries, opens the series.

Altogether, the twelve papers in this issue offer a comprehensive view of the state of college and university libraries at mid-century-the advances, present conditions, problems and future prospects. There are many reasons for satisfaction in this over-all look, but few causes for complacency as we tackle the many important tasks ahead.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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