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

By Gerard B. McCabe

Options to the original difficulties of educational libraries in city and metropolitan components are supplied during this specialist instruction manual. concerns confronted through the directors of those libraries can fluctuate markedly from these encountered by way of their opposite numbers in residential collage cities. provider 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 frequently older scholar physique. Written through skilled city college librarians, this instruction manual can be a useful resource for his or her expert colleagues in addition to for college students of library technological know-how.

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In many cases, both community dependency and emphasis on teaching have proved to be sufficient since most of their curricula have been aimed toward undergraduate and master's programs with particular emphases on education, law, business, and professional fields, and much of their clientele has been more likely to draw library and other resources from places nearer to their home than the university campus. While some urban universities have developed fine campuses with good facilities, few compare with other universities of the same class in the state in which they reside (Grobman 1988).

Johnson summarized the arguments for closing the library to external users as (1) increased seating space, (2) reduced wear and tear, (3) better security, and (4) increased support for internal users (1984, 405). The reasons for offering access to external users include (1) philosophical commitment to the public by public institutions, (2) good public relations, and (3) access to special collections and government documents (1984, 405). A survey of University Center in Georgia member libraries was conducted in 1989 (Russell, Robison, and Prather) to ascertain the policies of members regarding external user access in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

The service philosophy remains at the fore. Never comfortable with the conflict of mission, we are slowly acclimating ourselves to the solution that we have devised: to keep the quality of service high and to provide as much service to the external community as resources will allow. It is my belief that we have succeeded in doing that. If I ever see that gentleman with whom I clashed on these very ideas 20 years ago, I must tell him how much wiser he has become over the years. This page intentionally left blank PART II Services to External Population Groups This page intentionally left blank 3 External User Access to Academic Libraries in Urban/Metropolitan Areas Ralph E.

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