Introduction to Library Public Services

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Libraries Unlimited, Jan 1, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 401 pages
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A library's primary function is to provide access to information considered useful or valuable to the society in which they exist. True to their introduction, Evans and Carter provide a solid, broadly based view of library public service and its functions. As in the preceding edition, its authors marry the importance of the help ethos with a plethora of technological tools and techniques. Coverage of such essential topics as circulation, reference, interlibrary loan, literacy instruction, reserves, and security has been extended, updated, and predicated on the importance of keeping a watchful eye on ethical and legal implications. New to this edition are discussions of staffing and training, customer service, programming, and assessment. The result brings into focus the duties and responsibilities of both professional librarians and support staff, with particular emphasis on areas of common concern.

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I was not overjoyed by some of the editing and it seriously bothers me when I find misspelled words or poor grammar in a textbook. The topic was well researched with a page or more of resources at the ... Read full review

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Dry as a cracker; typical textbook fare. But informative and necessary! :) Read full review

About the author (2009)

G. EDWARD EVANS, renowned Fulbright scholar and sought-after international consultant, is retired University Librarian and Adjunct Professor at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California.

THOMAS L. CARTER is Dean for Academic Resources at St. Mary's College of California.

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