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It is difficult to recall ten years later the depth of feeling roused among university librarians in Britain by the report of a University Grants Committee Working Party on Capital provision for university libraries. Anger, indignation, incredulity and despondency were among the immediate...
The fifteen years before Atkinson represented for many British university librarians a golden age, as the number and size of universities expanded, young men received promotion long before they might reasonably have expected, and funds for collections and buildings to house them became available...
Recession, inflation, cuts these and related keywords have dominated the international literature of librarianship in recent years. The academic library community has been implored to change its mission, redefining its basic priorities, and substituting service for stock, access strategies for...
ATKINSON was mainly about space. However, certain very important general principles emerge in the report, firstly that the allocation of limited resources among universities cannot be decided without making assumptions about the role and operation of libraries. The report was not concerned with...
The establishment of the University Grants Committee in the Britain of 1919 called for fundamental thinking as to the character and priorities of academic communities and the minimum levels of provision staffing, research facilities, literature support, social amenities, and so on necessary for...
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