Library Trends 44 (2) Fall 1995: The Library and Undergraduate Education


Library Trends 44 (2) Fall 1995: The Library and Undergraduate Education. Edited by T. G. McFadden and T. J. Hostetler.

Are college and university librarians guilty of flight from the reference desk? It is the belief and experience of the editors of this issue of Library Trends that this has often been the case, both in practice and in theory, in many academic libraries. Perhaps this is why the library has ceased to be a factor in the academic lives of many undergraduates, whatever our attitudes and strategies might be otherwise.

How then to bring undergraduates, faculty, and the library back together as part of a common educational and intellectual effort? Or, as Branscomb (1940) queried a half-century ago: "[S]hould the library play a fundamentally more important role in undergraduate education than it does in most institutions, and if so, what is that role?" This, in effect, was the question put to the contributors to this issue of Library Trends. Their responses, consistently thoughtful and imaginative, reveal a core of themes and concerns which any answer to this question must accommodate. The contributions to this issue of Library Trends are a powerful and persuasive argument that librarians and their work will be critically important for the success of this enterprise, not merely for the workforce but also for intelligent and responsible citizenship.

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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