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ERIC Number: ED136821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 19
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The Future of Reference Services in the Public Library.
Lerner, Ivy
The public library is often regarded as serving peripheral rather than vital needs of the community. Because funding is limited, people need to be made aware of the library's potential role in society. Society has become information rich with increased white collar jobs and growth of the information segment of education, research and development, communications media, information machines and services. Information must be selected, ordered, processed, and made available to satisfy all potential public demands. Improvements in technology, networking and bibliographic structure, and the introduction of systems concepts into libraries will determine the future of reference services. To improve the quality of services, new goals and standards in information delivery must be developed and reference librarians must better anticipate user and nonuser needs. Research on information needs governed by societal trends can aid in developing reference programs. Current job, business information, information on women, on line reference retrieval, and community resource file services will expand and improve in the future to better meet user needs. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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