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Setting Up a New Library and Information Service - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843340539, 9781780630625

Setting Up a New Library and Information Service

1st Edition

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Author: Kirby Porter
Hardcover ISBN: 9781843340546
Paperback ISBN: 9781843340539
eBook ISBN: 9781780630625
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 31st October 2003
Page Count: 176
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Table of Contents

Why organisations need library and information services; First steps to getting started; The importance of customers in the planning and development of the new service; Managing access to your information – classification; Managing access to your material – cataloguing; Providing additional material for your users – the art of stock selection; Planning further service development; Measuring the performance of the library service; Marketing the new service; Conclusion.


This book is intended as a guide for those people who have been charged with establishing a library or information service in their organisation. It is a practical guide to the steps that need to be taken, the people that will need to be dealt with and the procedures that will have to be adopted in order to bring the venture to a successful conclusion. The book contains many practical tips and hints from the author, based upon his ‘hands-on’, practical experience of setting up many new information services.

Key Features

  • Deals with the whole process – from start to finish
  • Based on sound principles that have worked in practice
  • Easy to follow as a step-by-step guide


Librarians and informational professionals; Non-librarians responsible for library collections


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About the Author

Kirby Porter

Kirby Porter is currently employed as Principal Librarian for the Northern Ireland Civil Service and Head of Library Services for the Northern Assembly; he is responsible for managing the Government Library Service and advising Government departments. He has developed libraries in various government departments, colleges and other organisation such as the Human Rights Commission.

Affiliations and Expertise

Northern Ireland Civil Service, Northern Ireland