A helpful and informative guide for librarians responsible for local studies collections covering the key issues in the twenty-first century. Each chapter is written by a different specialist, covering: resource providers; management of service provision; management of the collection and its materials (from books and pamphlets to microforms, CD-ROMs and websites); information access and retrieval; marketing; dealing with enquiries. Introductory and concluding chapters consider the local collection within its library context, the wider cultural, social, political and economic setting, the international local studies perspective and the future for this specialism in the UK. The guide is aimed principally at public librarians but will be of interest to academic, school and special librarians, library school students, archivists, those working with local history and related societies, and those in charge of private collections.
'This excellent book should be on the shelf of every practising and aspiring local studies librarian both to instruct and inspire…' Library and Information Update 'The book is easy to read. The format and the fluent nature of the text will engage those who are looking for specific information and those who wish to read from cover to cover. Each chapter provides a large number of examples and sources for further information. …this book more than adequately fills the gap that has existed for a handbook of local studies collection management and should be a useful and valuable addition to the professional literature.' Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN) for Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) website 'Book of the Month - September 2003 …this is a well-written and comprehensive book on the management of what is an increasingly important collection in libraries. It is likely to be well received by specialist librarians and library managers…' Managing Information, September 2003
Contents: Local studies and libraries, Michael Dewe; Resource providers, Michael Dewe; Management, Elizabeth A. Melrose; Materials, Jill Barber; Collection management, Diana Dixon; Information access and retrieval, Eileen Hume and Alice Lock; Marketing, Jill Barber; Enquiries, Nicola Smith; The international context and the future in the UK, Michael Dewe; Index.