Library Trends 28 (4) Spring 1980: Current Trends in Rural Public Library Service


Library Trends 28 (4) Spring 1980: Current Trends in Rural Public Library Service. Edited by John M. Houlahan.

Rural public library service is a distinct, important, and complex problem that affects large segments of the United States population but has lacked the attention and examination of the library community. Allie Beth Martin wrote in 1972, "Rural public library service has been largely overshadowed by urban-suburban crises in recent years." Three-quarters of a decade later, rural libraries and rural public library service are still being neglected and overlooked by scholars and decision- makers, and the national library press and literature. This issue of Library Trends, in its examination of rural public library service, is an attempt to correct this neglect. In this issue, rural public library service is defined simply as public library service conducted in a rural setting.

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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