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ERIC Number: ED050745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Use and Users of Library Literature.
Little, Thompson M.
After sketching the growth and general characteristics of library literature, the author examines what librarians think about the literature of librarianship. Early writers were more concerned with increasing the number of available sources than with objectively examining the literature. More recently a few historical or descriptive studies have been made. Those who have spoken out on the state of professional library literature in general, and of the periodical press in particular, have focused on six main points of criticism: (1) poor literary style and execution, (2) superfluity and repetition, (3) belaboring of the obvious, (4) paucity of significantly new ideas, (5) absence of a scholarly approach and (6) lack of evidence of research. The library profession has reached a point when it must examine the information needs of its membership and the channels by which these needs are fulfilled. The citation analysis method is used to get a generalized picture of what is used, or more precisely stated, what is brought to the attention of the reader of library science literature. The analysis involves three major types of source publications: (1) monographs, (2) journals and (3) library school syllabis. (see also LI 002 796 through LI 002 803 and LI 002 805 through LI 002 807). (NH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany.
Identifiers: Library Science Literature
Note: Paper prepared for the Conference on the Bibliographic Control of Library Science Literature, State University of New York at Albany, April 19-20, 1968