Library Trends 16 (2) Fall 1967: Library Uses of the New Media of Communication


Library Trends 16 (2) Fall 1967: Library Uses of the New Media of Communication. Edited by C. Walter Stone.

While the case is not made in so many words, a strong negative impression might be gained from reading at one sitting the eleven articles which compose this issue of Library Trends. This impression would be that librarianship has completely "missed the boat" in developing newer media services; that necessary professional recruitment and training, both pre-service and in-service, are almost totally lacking; and that public library progress in the field is still "little by little and bit by bit." In short, it could be concluded from reading this issue of Library Trends that the newer media do not shine very brightly today in the professional skies of librarianship. Yet, despite these negative images, the chief message of the articles which follow is not that librarians have not done their job properly or that they should not be concerned with newer media; rather, it is positive and calls for both a basic reorganization or merger of the various professional fields involved, and a redefinition of library functions.

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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