Academic Libraries in Urban and Metropolitan Areas: A by Gerard B. McCabe

By Gerard B. McCabe

Ideas to the original difficulties of educational libraries in city and metropolitan parts are supplied during this specialist instruction manual. matters confronted by means of the directors of those libraries can range markedly from these encountered by way of their opposite numbers in residential university cities. carrier calls for emanate from neighborhood company, undefined, different libraries, and concrete excessive faculties. inner providers has to be shaped for a nonresident college and a often older scholar physique. Written by means of skilled city college librarians, this guide should be a useful resource for his or her specialist colleagues in addition to for college students of library technology.

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Many persons not enrolled at any institution may 28 Services to External Population Groups need a foreign language newspaper, information on an investment, or even consumer information to guide an imminent purchase. Business and government employees, as well as high school students, are frequent users of many urban academic libraries. As part of their mission, many large urban university libraries attempt to serve the diverse needs of broad-based metropolitan populations. Yet this desire—and its additional costs—has increasingly come into conflict with university administrations that do not take a library's total number of users into account when making budgetary allocations.

Conflict of Mission 17 Here in Dallas-Fort Worth, public libraries must look upon the 1980s as a time of decline, with diminished hours of operation, reduced staff, and significant cuts in materials budgets. To many city planners, the costs of library operations are all too real. Their significant costs have placed libraries at a disadvantage in the competition for public revenues. Alternatives to Public Libraries Where public libraries have been unable to answer growing public demands for services, the need for information and the issue of access have impacted other types of libraries.

UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED STATES One of the strengths of higher education in the United States has always been its diversity. When American colleges were established, they were based on different traditions. While these traditions have now been integrated into the common fabric of higher education, the emphasis that is placed on them contributes to the distinctiveness of individual colleges and universities. Leonard Veysey (1965) contends that American universities began primarily as institutions that were designed to instill discipline and culture in their students in keeping with the model of the English universities upon which they were patterned.

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