Library Trends 25 (4) Spring 1977: Trends in the Scholarly Use of Library Resources


Library Trends 25 (4) Spring 1977: Trends in the Scholarly Use of Library Resources. Edited by D. W. Krummel.

When the history of mid-twentieth-century scholarship is written, the list of major events will almost certainly reflect some of the major events in the recent history of libraries. One thinks of the following: growth of research library collections, expansion of the scholarly literature, improved bibliographic resources, and better access to distant copies. Librarians will take justifiable pride in their major contributions to these improvements. But the good news, naturally, is followed by the bad news. The scholar, we must remember, works at the frontier of knowledge, and makes his or her most meaningful contributions when telling us what we do not already know. As an explorer of the unknown, the scholar's task is to uncover new evidence and to view old evidence in new ways. Our library service, then, is provided with the hope and expectation that the scholar will, in a sense, make our particular service to him or her obsolete. With this awesome prospect in mind, the present group of essays, describing some of the major trends in the scholarly use of library resources, should help librarians plan for more effective service in the future.

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