Special libraries: an overview

by Cecily J. Surace

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A talk presented to a beginning class on Introduction to Libraries at the UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Special libraries are described as information transfer mechanisms, and the broad comparison with other types of libraries is to show there is a difference in degree and not kind. Special libraries, and all other types of libraries, are urged to understand what is happening in the world of information and to reassess their priorities to develop new structures in response to the external world of information.

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