Library Trends 32 (1) Summer 1983: Genealogy and Libraries


Library Trends 32 (1) Summer 1983: Genealogy and Libraries. Edited by Diane Foxhill Carothers.

A growing interest in family history is effecting a broad change in the attitude of librarians and archivists toward the genealogist and genealogical research. In the past the usual library attitude has not supported service to genealogists with the result that professional assistance to them has for the most part been minimal. Now many libraries that had not bought genealogical material are taking closer looks at their acquisitions policies and are beginning to select publications of genealogical societies, associations and governmental bodies.

It is hoped, therefore, that this issue of Library Trends will offer librarians a valuable, up-to-date portrayal of the subject so that the competence of librarians to meet the research needs of their genealogist patrons will be developed. These articles are meant to inform librarians of what is happening today in genealogy, how genealogical collections are built, the specialized collections in some public libraries and the Library of Congress, the resources of the genealogical society, and the services available to the public through national and state archives and historical society libraries.

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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