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By Herbert S. White

ISBN-10: 0585113963

ISBN-13: 9780585113968

ISBN-10: 1563081652

ISBN-13: 9781563081651

White's formerly released articles and speeches (most provided after 1989) determine and deal with severe matters that variety from library schooling, investment, and management to expertise, ethics, and burnout. even supposing usually brought with humor, White's probing and infrequently debatable commentaries at the possibilities and risks to the career are guaranteed to galvanize critical inspiration. Divided into 3 sections, the publication covers Librarians, Their Self-Image, and the Perceptions that outline Their training; Librarians and Their position, As outlined by way of Them and via Others; and Librarians within the merciless global of Politics and funds. the writer introduces each one part with basic reviews. A needs to for the library specialist shelf and an invaluable supplementary textual content for administration and matters classes in library colleges.

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However, in looking over my files I found earlier works, particularly speeches presented at international meetings for limited audiences, that I consider worthy of inclusion. Ultimately the responsibility for selection and exclusion is mine. A number of individuals asked, after the first collection, why certain articles were not included. There really is no significant reason, except that some decisions had to be made, and my desire to keep overlap to a minimum. However, these words were spoken or written for specific and discrete audiences, so some repetition is inevitable.

I found to my great surprise not only that these endeavors came easily to me, but that I also had a great deal I wanted to say. Although my work has ranged from scholarly research to editorial exposition, I am probably best recognized for my regular column called "White Papers," which has been published 10 times annually in the pages of Library Journal since 1985. Prior to that time I wrote a regular column called "Research and Reality" for American Libraries, and before that for the British journal, Information and Library Manager.

Our problem is one of making libraries a priority to decision makers. In the overall context of any larger organization, what is spent in support of our programs is truly trivial. Perhaps, as C. Northcote Parkinson has noted, the small amount of money involved is our first problem. Page 11 The Role of Reference Service in the Mission of the Academic Library I accept my topic as somewhat tongue-in-cheek, because I assume that there is no one here who would argue that academic libraries should not perform reference service.

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