Library Trends 31 (3) Winter 1983: Current Trends in Reference Services


Library Trends 31 (3) Winter 1983: Current Trends in Reference Services. Edited by Bernard Vavrek.

The goal of this issue was to identify the current and future trends facing reference librarians and reference librarianship. This task was long overdue since it was last attempted in January 1964. To indicate that librarianship has changed since then, of course, would be an immensely obvious thought. Concern must now be voiced about the future of librarianship itself as a viable function in a modern society. It is easy to be pessimistic about things these days. Change, technology and socioeconomic conditions provide tentative circumstances for a bright tomorrow. By contrast to any pessimistic penchant, however, the essays in this issue are intellectually exciting and bullish about the future. It is true that reference librarianship will never be the same, but the individuals whose thoughts are reflected in this volume give us definite hope and incentive 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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