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Library Trends 23 (3) Winter 1975: Music and Fine Arts in the General Library


Library Trends 23 (3) Winter 1975: Music and Fine Arts in the General Library. Edited by Guy A. Marco and Wolfgang M. Freitag.

The idea to present a collection of papers devoted to the problems surrounding music and fine arts collections in general libraries emerged during a 1969 ALA conference at which the music librarian on the editorial team attended the art librarians' section meeting. He was acting on behalf of a movement within the Music Library Association directed toward cooperation with other professional organizations. The purpose of that movement was to bring information about music library matters to nonmusic specialists, and also to give music librarians access to information in fields related to their own. One result of the dialog which began at that time was the planning of the present issue of Library Trends. The reader of this issue is presumed to be a generalist, perhaps the director or chief executive officer of a library with a growing arts department. He may be a student of library service or perhaps a specialist in a technical area of librarianship such as cataloging, acquisitions, or systems development. The contents of this issue are not intended for the practicing art or music librarian.

While some articles give particular emphasis to practices of the authors' own libraries - and properly so, to provide some sense of specificity in the issue - most take a more general view of problems in their national context. We believe this balance of approaches is suitable for a collection of essays that deal seriously with the concept of "trends." In our selection of topics we were guided by the consideration of the things that can be accomplished at the community level in the single-library community, whether it be large or small, and whether the community is a town, a small city, a college or a university.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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