Library Trends 20 (4) Spring 1972: Current Trends in Urban Main Libraries


Library Trends 20 (4) Spring 1972: Current Trends in Urban Main Libraries. Edited by Larry Earl Bone.

In focusing on "Current Trends in Urban Main Libraries," this issue of Library Trends, for the first time in the twenty-year history of this journal, examines the urban main public library as an entity in itself. For many this topic should be most timely - not just those involved in public library service alone, but anyone interested in library service generally. While the subject of branch libraries was dealt with in an issue of Library Trends six years ago, the main library has not until now been examined separately.

After reading these articles a pessimistic conclusion would be that the institution is in decline; an optimistic one would be that the future can be bright if we continue to examine the trends, build on the strengths, and attempt to effect changes where there is weakness. Those who feel deeply that the full potential of the urban main library has not yet been felt, will champion such a positive approach.

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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