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Library Trends 35 (3) Winter 1987: Current Trends in Public Library Services for Children


Library Trends 35 (3) Winter 1987: Current Trends in Public Library Services for Children. Edited by Ann Carlson Weeks.

It has almost been twenty-five years since an issue of Library Trends last focused on services to children in public libraries. In those twenty- five years, radical changes have occurred in society. The authors of papers in this issue of Library Trends discuss public library service to children within the context of this period. They address the question of how services to children have changed as a result of societal influences and further speculate on how children’s services must change to meet the new demands of the information age in the next century.

Clearly the past twenty-five years have been turbulent ones in this country. The authors of papers in this issue indicate that many public libraries have had limited success in offering services and materials that reflect the changes that have occurred in society. The proficiency with which children’s specialists meet the continuing changes during the remainder of this century may well shape the future of the public library in the twenty-first century.

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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