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The starting point for this paper is research undertaken for the British Library by the author and Margaret Lomer during 1981 and 1982. The principal reasons for carrying out that research were the concerns expressed by public librarians as to changes which had occurred in the management and...
All public libraries have an important leisure function. For those serving socially stable communities of moderate size, communities without pressing problems of deprivation but in which higher education is not a major industry, it is almost their only function. Large city reference libraries...
The appearance of a paper on outreach in an issue devoted to practical achievement might strike some readers as odd. For one thing, outreach as a theoretical concept can appear far removed from the realities of librarianship. For another and despite any potential applications it might possess,...
Whatever continuity of financial policy existed in the United Kingdom between 19745 and 19834, nationally or locally, was imposed by circumstances largely beyond the control, and certainly beyond the expectations, of any of the participants at the beginning of the decade. Looking back down the...
Probably few members of the library profession in Britain will know of a project carried out in late 1978 and the first half of 1979 to test the applicability of the ALA Planning Process for Public Libraries to libraries in the UK. Indeed, many outside the US may not be aware that any such...
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