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Needs‐Led Service Not Acquisitions‐Led Service in the Research Library

Deanna L. Roberts (Head of the Educational Resources Department, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 1 January 1991



Experience has shown that states lose business and stall the ensuing development of their economies because of a lack of quality and foresight in their education systems. Some states feel that they have a vast reservoir of unskilled citizens who will work for nothing and companies will buy into it, but Harlan Cleveland in his article, “Education for Citizenship in the Information Society,” writes that “people who do not educate themselves, and keep re‐educating themselves to participate in the new knowledge environment will be the peasants of the information society.” Many research libraries are also stunting their own development through a lack of foresight in the provision of service. These libraries feel that their “all‐encompassing” unconnected collections continue to be a drawing card for recruiting and retaining the best scholars. University administrators who are also strategic planners will not continue to financially support this attitude.


Roberts, D.L. (1991), "Needs‐Led Service Not Acquisitions‐Led Service in the Research Library", Collection Building, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 23-25.




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