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Publication date: 1 March 1981

B.C. BLOOMFIELD

Perhaps the first whisper of the British Library(hereinafter BL) may be found in the report of the Parry Committee which recommended the formation of a national policy in…

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Perhaps the first whisper of the British Library(hereinafter BL) may be found in the report of the Parry Committee which recommended the formation of a national policy in regard to libraries and the provision of information. This was swiftly followed by the Dainton Committee report, a White Paper, and finally the British Library Act, which came into force on 1 July 1973 when the Board of the new BL formally took over responsibility for the library departments (excepting Prints and Drawings) and the Science Reference Library from the Trustees of the British Museum, plus the National Lending Library for Science and Technology and the former National Central Library. To this weighty nucleus were added the major responsibilities of the former Office of Scientific and Technical Information, in April 1974, forming the basis of a new Research and Development Department, and the British National Bibliography, in August 1974, as the foundation of the new Bibliographic Services Division. The way for this very considerable re‐shaping of the country's library resources had been thoroughly prepared by a body familiarly known as BLOC (British Library Organizing Committee) between January and July 1973. There are a number of accounts of the creation of the new library which do not differ in substance. Later developments can be studied from the series of annual reports which provide the most authoritative data available, although it should be noted that statistics provided are not always compatible from year to year.

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 37 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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Publication date: 1 February 1987

J.G. Meijer

This article follows on an investigation conducted by the Unit for Library and Information Research of the Human Sciences Research Council in 1981 for the Department of…

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This article follows on an investigation conducted by the Unit for Library and Information Research of the Human Sciences Research Council in 1981 for the Department of National Education. The article is limited to a consideration of the aim and functions of national library services. Matters such as the organisation and management of these services, the pros and cons of centralisation and decentralisation in particular circumstances, bringing services into line with modern demands, problem areas in existing services, the raison d'être of national library and information advisory councils alongside the management councils of national library services, legislation of these services, etc. have been excluded from the discussion.

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Library Management, vol. 8 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 January 1960

GORDON H. WRIGHT

When the Hertfordshire Technical Library Service was inaugurated three years ago the County Council followed their normal practice of appointing an Advisory Committee with…

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When the Hertfordshire Technical Library Service was inaugurated three years ago the County Council followed their normal practice of appointing an Advisory Committee with members drawn from industry to assist in the development of the scheme. At an early stage in the deliberations of the committee it was apparent that the provision of extensive scientific and technical resources both for education and industry in the county would create difficulties both in cost and storage space. It was agreed that microrecording, mechanical retrieval systems and document copying would need to be seriously studied if the service was to be efficient and economical.

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 12 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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Publication date: 1 July 1969

THE idea of a central service and supplies organisation for libraries—a “Library Centre”— such as exist abroad and are described in Library Supply agencies in Europe, is…

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THE idea of a central service and supplies organisation for libraries—a “Library Centre”— such as exist abroad and are described in Library Supply agencies in Europe, is like most ideas in librarianship, not a new one, even taking into account the establishment of Norway's Biblioteksentralen over 60 years ago in 1902, which at that time was called Folkeboksamlingenes Ekspedisjon. This idea, like so so much else, seems to have originated in the fertile brain of Melvil Dewey, taking its final and lasting form as the Library Bureau, established by Dewey himself in 1882.

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New Library World, vol. 71 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 August 1965

September THUR.2. Visit to Port of London Authority. See paragraph below.

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September THUR.2. Visit to Port of London Authority. See paragraph below.

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 17 no. 8
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ISSN: 0001-253X

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Publication date: 1 March 1969

D.T. RICHNELL

The task of reviewing the Dainton Report in a short space and at short notice is a formidable one. It contains recommendations of fundamental importance to the library…

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The task of reviewing the Dainton Report in a short space and at short notice is a formidable one. It contains recommendations of fundamental importance to the library services of the future and there is evidence of a serious intention on the part of Government to act on at least some of these recommendations. It is, therefore, necessary to express as clear a view as possible of the extent to which librarians and information scientists support them. Since there is an almost inevitable tendency in discussing such a report to dwell at greater length on points of doubt and disagreement than on those of wholehearted agreement, it should be said at the outset that in many of its fundamental proposals the Dainton Report is a good one.

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 25 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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Publication date: 1 April 1950

E.M.R. DITMAS

AT the very outset of this paper it is necessary to make clear that it is not an attempt to compile an exhaustive bibliography of literature relating to special…

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AT the very outset of this paper it is necessary to make clear that it is not an attempt to compile an exhaustive bibliography of literature relating to special librarianship. Neither space nor time permit this. In fact, the references given can only claim to be a sample of the wealth of material on the subject and this paper is submitted in the hope that it will stimulate others to more scholarly efforts. Reference numbers throughout this paper refer to items in the ‘Select list of references to the literature of special librarianship’, section 2 onwards.

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 2 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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Publication date: 1 July 1970

DONCASTER'S new Central Library was formally opened on 29th December 1969 on precisely the 100th anniversary of the opening of the first public library in Doncaster…

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DONCASTER'S new Central Library was formally opened on 29th December 1969 on precisely the 100th anniversary of the opening of the first public library in Doncaster. Conforming to tradition, the Library was opened by the Mayor of Doncaster, Councillor Marcus Outwin. The President of the Library Association, Mr. Wilfred Ashworth, addressed the assembled guests, his last official appointment before relinquishing the office.

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New Library World, vol. 72 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 April 1965

A.J. WALFORD

In 1951 Barbara Kyle and I presented a joint paper on ‘Co‐operation between libraries specializing in the social sciences’ at the 1951 Library Association Conference…

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In 1951 Barbara Kyle and I presented a joint paper on ‘Co‐operation between libraries specializing in the social sciences’ at the 1951 Library Association Conference, Edinburgh. That brief survey dealt with documentation services and library co‐operation in Britain at the time. Undoubtedly advances have been made since then and we can see more clearly the gaps and anomalies, particularly as compared with corresponding achievements in science and technology.

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 21 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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Publication date: 1 July 1965

July TUE.20. Visit to Port of London Authority.

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July TUE.20. Visit to Port of London Authority.

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 17 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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