WHAT IS A STAND-ALONE LIBRARY?
I don’t know. I would really like some guidance (resources, opinions, experiences, etc) about this question.
Here’s what I know:
- Many public libraries are branches of a larger library system
- Many public libraries receive funding from the state/county/city
- Many public libraries are parts of larger systems that work together to create tools for using databases, designing the catalog and providing inter-library loan services.
But here’s what I don’t know:
- What is a stand-alone library?
I asked myself this question multiple times during the summer, but now, as I sit down to work with a group on an assignment for LIS 522: Collection Development, I find myself still uninformed or misinformed about what a stand-alone library truly is. And now, here we are – my group is attempting to define it.