University and Public Library

Via ResourceShelf is a story about the first co-managed city/university library in the US. Often the real amount of public access available at your nearest university library is quietly overlooked, though you are most likely able to use their collection as you wish. At least at state universities. In fact, I plan on going to the UW library this weekend to do some Library research.

It will be interesting to see how this joint venture succeeds. There are already many combination public/public school Libraries in place. There is also some debate as to how much this kind of facility/collection/expertise sharing waters down the work Librarians do. Plus there is the issue of the survival of each distinct type of institution. The school Library isn?t the public Library, that?s for sure. Sure, they might have beautiful kids, but they just aren?t the same creature.

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