Library Trends 44 (1) Summer 1995: Rural Libraries and Information Services


Library Trends 44 (1) Summer 1995: Rural Libraries and Information Services. Edited by Patricia LaCaille John.

Fifteen years have elapsed since the publication of the last Library Trends issue on rural public library service. Many of the concerns identified in rural areas and libraries in the 1970s still exist and are discussed in this later issue. For example, rural families still have a lower income than the national average. Also, rural citizens - including librarians - attain a lower level of education. Rural communities have a higher poverty rate and have less access to health services. Rural citizens are older. Rural communities have fewer resources for services and libraries.

Both the past and present issues of Library Trends on rural library service emphasize the continuing importance of new information technology and electronic networks to rural libraries and communities. The earlier issue examined cooperative electronic cataloging and interlibrary loan networks. This issue focuses on the need for rural libraries to provide access to electronic community information systems or civic networks, free nets, and, most important, to Internet in order to narrow isolation by instantly linking rural areas to worldwide information resources on any topic.

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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