Library Trends 08 (2) Fall 1959: Current Trends in Newly Developing Countries


Library Trends 8 (2) Fall 1959: Current Trends in Newly Developing Countries. Edited by Wilfred J. Plumbe.

The articles in this number of Library Trends have been written in seven countries; they deal with all kinds of libraries in territories that girdle the earth. Six of the contributors are practicing librarians engaged in the day-to-day struggle to consolidate libraries and librarianship in newly developing countries; they - or perhaps it should be written "we" - are therefore biased, partisan, and emotionally committed. The other five contributors have intimate knowledge of the areas concerned but they write from the Olympian heights of the Library of Congress, the Library Association, the University of London and the University of Illinois, and they are consequently more objective, impartial, and apodictic. Only by first providing surveys of library activity from librarians personally involved "on the spot," assembling information which has not been juxtaposed or reviewed elsewhere, and then considering certain topics of primary importance to all newly developing territories, has it been possible to discern and identify the trends in development that exist. Readers of the following pages will quickly realize that libraries of newly developing countries evince almost infinite variety.

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