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By Herbert S. White

White's formerly released articles and speeches (most awarded after 1989) determine and deal with severe matters that variety from library schooling, investment, and management to know-how, ethics, and burnout. even though frequently introduced with humor, White's probing and occasionally debatable commentaries at the possibilities and hazards to the occupation are sure to impress severe notion. Divided into 3 sections, the ebook covers Librarians, Their Self-Image, and the Perceptions that outline Their guidance; Librarians and Their position, As outlined via Them and by way of Others; and Librarians within the merciless global of Politics and cash. the writer introduces each one part with common reviews. A needs to for the library specialist shelf and an invaluable supplementary textual content for administration and matters classes in library faculties.

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Exaggerated as some of these expressions may be, they are nevertheless based on some level of acceptance. There are clear indications that the academic library, unlike the special library, does not consider active or even aggressive service from the collection as a primary goal, or perhaps even as a goal at all. Speech presented at a meeting of the College and University Libraries Section of the Kansas ACRL Chapter, Manhattan, Kansas, October 14, 1982. Page 12 It is argued that the academic library is primarily geared to be a self-service library, that for students this is desirable or expected, and that faculty insist on doing their own work.

We might never have been invited to the White House again, but perhaps Wolf Blitzer would have commented on "CNN News" that evening. Page xv And what is the point of opportunities such as this if not to invite comment? 4. In the national meetings of our major professional association, the American Library Association (ALA), we continue to be far more interested in bickering with one another on issues on which we have neither expertise nor acceptance (Middle-Eastern policies, the celebration of the landing of Columbus), rather than the issues for which, what we say, might have credibility.

Much of the emphasis on bibliographic instruction is to develop library users who can function on their own. Special librarians, whose own contribution to the objectives of the organization may be measured more tangibly, complain that their users, who come to them largely from the academic community, are passive, accept low levels of service without complaint, and have no expectation of professional interaction. Their only expectation is for the development of a collection, and that the library purchase materials not for the library but for immediate transfer to their own offices.

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