Library Trends 09 (1) Summer 1960: State Aid to Public Libraries


Library Trends 9 (1) Summer 1960: State Aid to Public Libraries. Edited by S. Janice Kee.

One of the most important links in the chain of operations for public library improvement and development today is a state library agency, empowered and adequately equipped to provide necessary professional leadership and assistance to localities. Although the idea of state aid to public libraries in the United States might be said to be over a hundred years old, significant library developments of 1956 gave it new impetus.

This current activity in connection with state and federal aid plus the fact that relatively little up-to-date documentation is available caused the officers of the American Association of State Libraries to approach the Editor of Library Trends suggesting an issue devoted to the subject of state aid to public libraries. This issue, composed of papers written by political scientists as well as librarians closely associated with state library work, is the happy result. The papers have been written by highly qualified and experienced persons who have, for the most part, carried responsibilities in planning, securing, and administering state-aid programs to libraries. Al-though it might be said they were written by professionals, for professionals, it is hoped they will be read and used by library trustees, government officials, and other interested citizens.

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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