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Publication date: 1 December 1994

R. Kathleen Molz

During the 1994 spring semester, twelve students, enrolled in ColumbiaUniversity′s graduate program in public policy and administration andexplored the new phenomenon of…

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During the 1994 spring semester, twelve students, enrolled in Columbia University′s graduate program in public policy and administration and explored the new phenomenon of civic networking for a workshop in applied public policy analysis. Each workshop is required to be sponsored by a governmental client, which in this case was the US National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. The commission was interested in ascertaining the range of activities sponsored by the networks and in determining their involvement or lack of involvement with local public libraries. Participating in this project were representatives of twenty‐four civic networks, who answered telephone queries covering a range of topics dealing with network services, users, goals, funding, governance, technical design, social benefits, government information provision, evaluation, and definition. This paper summarizes the findings of the students′ investigation.

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Internet Research, vol. 4 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1066-2243

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Publication date: 1 March 1989

Ronald Preston

In the history of federal programs for libraries — from their conception in the 1930s through their inception in the '50s until now — the consistency of issues and…

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In the history of federal programs for libraries — from their conception in the 1930s through their inception in the '50s until now — the consistency of issues and controversies has been striking, especially in the last 20 years. Everything significant being said now about federal programs for libraries was being said a decade ago. Everything librarians are seeking they've sought before. Everything being proposed in the administration's new library initiative has been adumbrated. The lines have been long drawn, the arguments mustered.

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The Bottom Line, vol. 2 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0888-045X

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Publication date: 1 February 1977

SHEENA MOFFITT

THE MOST problematic aspect of compiling this bibliography was defining the areas of librarianship covered by the term outreach. This leads one to ask whether it should be…

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THE MOST problematic aspect of compiling this bibliography was defining the areas of librarianship covered by the term outreach. This leads one to ask whether it should be necessary to draw a line between traditional library service and outreach activities. The answer to this is already becoming apparent. Activities which were previously defined by the terms of “outreach” or “extension” are now accepted as an essential element of the library service. If the public library service is to fulfil the function which its name implies this is a trend which must continue.

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Library Review, vol. 26 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 1 April 1973

Frances Neel Cheney

Communications regarding this column should be addressed to Mrs. Cheney, Peabody Library School, Nashville, Tenn. 37203. Mrs. Cheney does not sell the books listed here…

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Communications regarding this column should be addressed to Mrs. Cheney, Peabody Library School, Nashville, Tenn. 37203. Mrs. Cheney does not sell the books listed here. They are available through normal trade sources. Mrs. Cheney, being a member of the editorial board of Pierian Press, will not review Pierian Press reference books in this column. Descriptions of Pierian Press reference books will be included elsewhere in this publication.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 1 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Publication date: 29 December 2004

Diantha Schull

In recent years there has been growing discussion in the library community regarding the civic role of the public library. The discussion is rooted in a deep-seated…

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In recent years there has been growing discussion in the library community regarding the civic role of the public library. The discussion is rooted in a deep-seated professional commitment to the value of the public library as an institution of democratic society. As a recent president of the American Library Association, Nancy Kranich, wrote in 2001, “Libraries serve the most fundamental ideals of our society as uniquely democratic institutions. As far back as the nineteenth century, libraries were hailed as institutions that schooled citizens in the conduct of democratic life.” (p. vi).

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Advances in Librarianship
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-84950-005-0

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