Library Trends 23 (2) Fall 1974: Library Services in Metropolitan Areas


Library Trends 23 (2) Fall 1974: Library Services in Metropolitan Areas. Edited by William S. Budington.

Were one asked to identify the half dozen phenomena of the twentieth century most affecting life in these United States, the processes of urban change and metropolitanism would have to be included. Directly or indirectly, the cultures and environments of our peoples are being reshaped, and that portion embodied in "library services" is no exception. Shifts and changes in the demographic character of our metropolitan areas have created wholly new stresses and demands - in our ways of living, in the levels and means of learning, in the exercise of our rights and talents.

Certain elements of librarianship and library service, of course, are more subject to the urban impact than others, and some of these have been separately examined in earlier issues of this journal, including demographic aspects, university libraries, services to the disadvantaged, and main libraries. The cut across proves difficult to attain, similar (one would estimate) to tracing the impact of library service on all aspects of metropolitan life. It is, nonetheless, illuminating and perhaps responds to the need, expressed by Ralph Conant some years ago, for "library leaders... to rethink the fundamental character and objectives of their institutions from afresh perspective."

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