A helpful and informative guide for librarians responsible for local studies collections covering the key issues in the twenty-first century. Each chapter is written by a different specialist, covering: resource providers; management of service provision; management of the collection and its materials (from books and pamphlets to microforms, CD-ROMs and websites); information access and retrieval; marketing; dealing with enquiries. Introductory and concluding chapters consider the local collection within its library context, the wider cultural, social, political and economic setting, the international local studies perspective and the future for this specialism in the UK. The guide is aimed principally at public librarians but will be of interest to academic, school and special librarians, library school students, archivists, those working with local history and related societies, and those in charge of private collections.

chapter 1|24 pages

Local studies and libraries

ByMichael Dewe

chapter 2|26 pages

Resource providers

ByMichael Dewe

chapter 3|18 pages


ByElizabeth A. Melrose

chapter 4|18 pages


ByJill Barber

chapter 5|18 pages

Collection management

ByDiana Dixon

chapter 6|30 pages

Information access and retrieval

ByEileen Hume, Alice Lock

chapter 7|18 pages


ByJill Barber

chapter 8|12 pages


ByNicola Smith

chapter 9|18 pages

The international context and the future in the UK

ByMichael Dewe