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Public libraries have changed beyond anyone's predictions in the past ten years and are at a vital stage in their historical development. This timely book is the first standalone text to examine the role and services of the UK public library in the 21st century context.
The book discusses the nature and functions of the modern public library service, from its beginnings as the street-corner university, through its delivery of state-of-the-art services and beyond. At the heart of the book is a passionate argument for the professional and public significance of the public library service.
The key chapters are:
public libraries: the modern context
historical development of public libraries
equity of access
cultural and leisure roles
information, advice and informed citizenship
the impact of ICT
management, governance and budgeting issues
performance measurement and evaluation
professional and staffing issues
marketing, branding and buildings
the public library of tomorrow.
Readership: Of interest to all students and researchers of library and information science, as well as professionals in public libraries, this book is an advocacy tool for an essential service consistently under pressure.
Table of Contents
PART 1: THE PUBLIC LIBRARY: HISTORY AND MODERN CONTEXT 1. Public libraries: the modern context 2. Historical development of public libraries in the UK PART 2: SERVICE THEMES OF THE MODERN PUBLIC LIBRARY 3. Equity of access 4. Cultural and leisure roles 5. Information, advice and informed citizenship 6. Lifelong learning PART 3: ISSUES IN MANAGMENT AND SERVICE DEVELOPMENT 7. The impact of information and communications technology 8. Management, governance and budgeting issues 9. Performance measurement and evaluation 10. Professional and staffing issues 11. Marketing, branding and buildings 12. Conclusion: the public library of tomorrow.