Library Trends 27 (3) Winter 1979: Libraries and Society: Research and Thought


Library Trends 27 (3) Winter 1979: Libraries and Society: Research and Thought. Edited by Phyllis Dain and Margaret Steig.

Most writings on librarianship focus on the library world and bring in the rest of the world almost incidentally, as a bow to "background." But libraries can be neither understood nor their directions charted without serious consideration of the sociocultural milieu that molds them. The ensuing collection is a perhaps kaleidescopic but, in our view, very interesting and provocative mixture of the thinking of a group of knowledgeable, thoughtful and sophisticated librarians and information scientists on subjects close both to their hearts and to their professional interests. As a number of them commented, this was an opportunity to "say something," to go beyond summaries of the literature to speak their individual pieces on important questions.

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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