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ERIC Number: ED100390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Pages: 31
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The Independent Research Library. Related Paper No. 4.
Budington, William S.
In the United States there are 15 to 20 independent research libraries designed to provide the corpus of records necessary to intellectual inquiry in one or more disciplines, in dimensions as complete as possible, and with the optimum provision of scholarly apparatus and physical convenience. The rare nature of much of the collections of these libraries requires special handling and highly-trained staffs, and often means restricted public access. Because of these special circumstances, research libraries may not be able to permit the general public access mentioned in the National Program for Library and Information Services. They would be able to participate in making their material available to the scholarly public with support in the form of: assistance in preparing and issuing major catalogs and bibliographies; equipment for photoduplication and transport of needed records; and transport of qualified users to the libraries. Additional support is needed to maintain the collections and for training of staff. The recognition of the independent research libraries as a national information resource and their support would be a great service to the scholarly community. (Author/PF)
Publication Type: Books
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Authoring Institution: National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC. National Program for Library and Information Services.