Library Trends 27 (2) Fall 1978: State Library Development Agencies


Library Trends 27 (2) Fall 1978: State Library Development Agencies. Edited by John A. McCrossan.

The responsibilities of library development agencies have grown rapidly in recent years, and there is every indication that this trend will continue in the years ahead. Because of this expansion of responsibilities and because the last issue of Library Trends devoted to state library agencies was published more than twenty years ago in April 1956, the Publications Committee of Library Trends thought a new issue describing the variety of activities of state library agencies would be of great interest to the library profession. This issue is concerned primarily with the library development agencies as they have a great impact on libraries of all types and are therefore of much interest to a large segment of the library profession.

The state library development agencies have made great contributions to the development and improvement of library services throughout the states, but much remains to be done. The years ahead, during which national and statewide library and information networks will be developed, will be a great challenge to the library community. The state library agencies will play a central role in these activities, and they will need to provide dynamic leadership and solicit wide participation from library and community leaders in planning for library services for the future.

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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