Library Trends 01 (4) Spring 1953: Current Trends in Public Libraries


Library Trends 1 (4) Spring 1953: Current Trends in Public Libraries. Edited by Herbert Goldhor.

There are at least three main reasons that such attempts to review the status and assess the trends in public library development are needed often and soon, even on the heels of the Public Library Inquiry. These are the necessity for flexibility in the face of changing social trends, the importance of a clear statement of goals and objectives, and the values potential in a program of research.

Every paper in this collection deals with an area in need of study; and the research needed not only is greater in amount than can possibly be done at library schools, but in many cases lends itself more to treatment by practitioners and in the field than by students. If the public library is to be an effective agency, those directing it must be conscious continually of the major modifications in the society it serves. Such changes may be sorted out in the light of the institution's goals, and the evaluation of progress made is best done by the research method. These are the reasons the present collection of papers on current trends among public libraries is offered to the profession.

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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