Library Journal is a trade publication for librarians. It was founded in 1876 by Melvil Dewey (familiar as the inventor of the Dewey decimal system). It reviews library-related materials and equipment. Its prepublication reviews of several hundred books each month influence library purchases and receive great attention from publishers. 1876 is a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Melvil Dewey (December 10, 1851–December 26, 1931) was the inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification system for library classification. ... The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC, also called the Dewey Decimal System) is a system of library classification developed by Melvil Dewey (1851–1931) in 1876, and since greatly modified and expanded in the course of the twenty-two major revisions which have occurred up until 2004. ...
Second, if patrons feel comfortable receiving legal information at the public libraries, they will not be as inclined to visit the law libraries and thus allow the law librarians to concentrate on their primary clientele of law professors and students.
Some of the reasons for remaining a depository library include the fact that the administrative procedures to withdraw are prohibitively time consuming, the possibility that once withdrawn, a library can never rejoin the program, and finally there is the fact that some materials can only be obtained through the depository program.
Libraries must not only collect the appropriate books to serve their patron base, but must work to ensure patrons can access them.
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