Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Public and School Libraries

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Public and School Libraries

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At their best, libraries and technology can be combined to help create a sense of community among individuals and groups. In the process, this powerful combination can strengthen communities by ensuring that they are well informed. There's no better place for this to occur than in our public and school libraries, which we've focused on in this month's Computers in Libraries. Here's a sampling of what's inside that touches on these institutions.

Karen Cullings' feature, "The Public Library as Cornerstone of the Community" (page 30), is a "case study in point," so to speak. The author reports on how the Liverpool, New York, public library has broadened access to computers, information, and computer software for its patrons and how that, in turn, has broadened public support for the library and its expansion plans.

Union lists imply cooperation and enable resource sharing, both important for resource- and finance-strapped public and school libraries. In "Unified Disparity: Theory and Practice of Union Listing" (page 39), Kirk Doran lays out the whys and hows of union listing, via a history of the Shenandoah Valley Union List of Serials project. …

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