ERIC Number: ED158707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Access to the Past: The Librarian's Responsibility to the Future. Response prepared by Harold Hacker.
Perry, Elisabeth Israels; Hacker, Harold
The position taken is that convenient free access to information from all types of libraries is one guarantee that we will have the kind of society we want. Private endowments, foundation support, and federal funds should be sought. Specialized libraries ought to be considered national resources and funded accordingly. Other access problems needing attention are restricted hours, too little reference service, physical and psychological barriers, and no specialized programs for the institutionalized, the inner-city poor, and children. The response emphasizes such positive aspects of library access today as the use of library system borrower's cards and more convenient material return systems. The New York Libraries Inter-System Borrowing (NYLIB) provides cross-system access. Physical barriers are being removed and psychological barriers are absent; the major barrier is lack of public awareness. Public libraries are instituting programs to serve the visually handicapped and functionally illiterate, but services to rural residents and the institutionalized require funding. (Author/JAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Access (Information); New York
Note: Position paper and response prepared for the New York Governor's Conference on Libraries.