A positive and practical approach to establishing a library or information service. There are real-life examples of the ways in which certain problems have been resolved in specific libraries, as well as a detailed recommended core list of publications. Helpful checklists and sample forms provide time-saving aids.
Getting to know the organisation; Existing information resources: internal and external; Setting up the initial service; Physical planning; Making the most of technology; Procedures and records: what is required? Stock: selection and effective use; Stock: acquisition and processing; Cataloguing and classification; Stock: loan and circulation; Staff: development, qualities and skills; What next? - future developments. Appendices: Organisations to approach for information and advice; Organisations offering training, advice and information; Specialist publishers, book and periodical suppliers; Library equipment and systems suppliers: a selection. Index.