Library Trends 09 (3) Winter 1961: Current Trends in Bookmobiles


Library Trends 9 (3) Winter 1961: Current Trends in Bookmobiles. Edited by Harold Goldstein.

The confusion about the role and value of bookmobiles is evident in the varied writings which comprise at best a meager literature. Some librarians, of institutions large and small, have a dim view of the logic implied in the use of these units by other librarians. Their opponents, on the other hand, seem to be reasonably sure that bookmobiles stir up interest, indicate directions for future consolidation or change, and are inclined to keep experimenting with moving branches. It is probably true that little evaluation has taken place - the results of which are available in print - of the value of bookmobiles in furthering library objectives, in actually stimulating doubtful areas, or in reassessing changing neighborhoods; yet it seems most improbable that today's administrators will either continue an existing service which may be doubtful, or begin such a venture without a great deal of investigation about the nature of this aspect of public library operations.

This issue of Library Trends deals with some broad areas of concern in the field of bookmobile service, as well as with some of the specifics of operation.

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