Library Trends 04 (4) Spring 1956: State and Provincial Libraries in the United States and Canada


Library Trends 4 (4) Spring 1956: State and Provincial Libraries in the United States and Canada. Edited by Paxton F. Price.

The state library in the United States and the provincial library in Canada are special kinds of libraries which need definition and explanation. Each is an official part of state or provincial government and is supported by government appropriations. Strangely enough, there may be from one to five separate library agencies in any given state, for state libraries perform five major functions. Varying widely as to number, location in the organization of government, and in the amount of annual appropriation, state agencies may have the dual purpose of serving the official government and also the state's general population. In some states the strength of demands from both these sources may very well be the cause for a real problem in ambivalence of purpose. Libraries on the local level may expect a strong kind of state service program reaching the public at large while the agency may be faced with serving satisfactorily an official government from which it derives its income. It is not always possible for state agencies in these circumstances to budget by function, thus clearly indicating what services are to be rendered.

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