Current National Bibliographies in Developing Countries of the Commonwealth

Current National Bibliographies in Developing Countries of the Commonwealth 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Libri - International Journal of Libraries and Information Services de Gruyter

Current National Bibliographies in Developing Countries of the Commonwealth

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Publisher
de Gruyter
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Walter de Gruyter
ISSN
0024-2667
eISSN
1865-8423
D.O.I.
10.1515/libr.1983.33.3.177
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Abstract

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

Journal

Libri - International Journal of Libraries and Information Servicesde Gruyter

Published: Jan 1, 1983

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