G. E. GORMAN with the assistance of MAUREEN MAHONEY A. Existing services When a librarian sets out to expand his collection of Australian literature, a natural reaction is to consult the Australian National Bibliography. When a scholar wishes to refer to published Canadian research in his field of interest, he often uses Canadiana: Publications of Canadian Interest Received by the National Library. A bookseller in India may well refer to the British National Bibliography if he aims to stock a representative range of British publications. The New Zealand National Bibliography may be found in many of New Zealand's diplomatic missions as a means of advertising that country's publishing activity. In each of these cases the national bibliography is fulfilling its functions quite adequately: it is telling the user what has been written, by whom, where published and in what form. This is, of course, precisely what one would expect of such a publication; for the national bibliography of any country is ideally intended to provide a complete, accurate and current bibliographic record of materials published within a specific national geographical entity. It need hardly be said that serious problems occur when producers attempt to achieve this ideal, but
Libri - International Journal of Libraries and Information Services – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1983
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