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The New Librarianship Field Guide$
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R. David Lankes

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262529082

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262529082.001.0001

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Public Libraries

Public Libraries

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(p.145) 16 Public Libraries
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The New Librarianship Field Guide
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R. David Lankes

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262529082.003.0016

The core of this chapter can be summarized as “The Community is the Collection” and discusses the role and activities of public libraries in communities. Community reference is outlined. The bulk of the chapter discusses the perils of public libraries that seek to be all things to all people and how librarians react to a retreating public support system.

Keywords:   public library, government, community, reference

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