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(Selected items will be reviewed in future issues of College & Research Libraries.)

• The first volume of a new library publication, Advances in Library Administration and Organization, edited by Gerard B. McCabe, Bernard Kreissman, and W. Carl Jackson (Jai Press, 1982, $34.50), includes articles on the following topics: personnel issues, Archibald Cary Coolidge and the Harvard University Library, library automation, the microforms facility at the Golda Meir Library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, RLIN and OCLC (two comparison studies), and faculty status and participative governance in academic libraries.

• An analysis of the position of the library and the librarian in American higher education is given in Orvin Lee Shiflett’s Origins of American Academic Librarianship ‚ available from Ablex Publishing (1981, $22.50). The book is “historical in the sense that that author strongly feels that the present status of academic librarians is not really a modem problem, but one that derives directly from the evolution of higher education and American librarianship.”

• A discussion of Zero Base Budgeting and a brief comparison with other budgeting systems is provided in Part I of Ching-chih Chen’s Zero-Base Budgeting in Library Management: A Manual for Librarians (Oryx Press, 1980, $27.50). An introduction to the ZBB process, a discussion of the disadvantages and advantages of the system, and further enumeration on the key factors in successful ZBB relating its implementation to libraries are also included in Part I. Part II of the hardcover provides seven actual ZBB preparations from diverse types of libraries, and a glossary and bibliography are provided at the end.

• The International Handbook of Contemporary Developments in Librarianship, edited by Miles M. Jackson (Greenwood Press, 1981, $65), was conceived in 1977 as a project that would present an overview of the major developments and most significant trends in librarianship since 1945. The 619-page hardcover is organized by region (Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) and by country within each region. Sixtyfive countries are represented in 34 chapters.

• The American Library Association has published Charles McCarthy: Librarianship and Reform (1981, $16) by Marion Casey, a study of the life of Charles McCarthy. McCarthy was the “person most responsible for Wisconsin’s reform accomplishments in the first two decades of the twentieth century, after Robert M. La Follette,” according to the preface on this cloth cover. McCarthy served as librarian at the Legislative Reference Library, researcher for the Federal Commission on Industrial Relations, assistant to Hoover in the Food Administration, and intelligence gatherer for Frankfurter on the War Labor Policies Board.

• Martha L. Manheimer’s OCLC: An Introduction to Searching and Input (Neal-Schuman, 1981, $9.95, revised edition) is a workbook designed to provide students in library schools and practitioners in the field with a practical introduction to the mechanics of bibliographic searching, card modification and input on OCLC. Five copies are available at the reduced rate of $24.75.

• An introductory account of operations research is found in Operations Research: A Tool for Library Management, by Jenny and Peter Rowley ($10). The emphasis of this softcover, published in 1981 by ALA, is on “the problem, the way that it is tackled, and the interpretation of the solution rather than the mathematical techniques involved in the solution.” The book presents “ideas to prepare the manager to question and communicate efficiently with an operations research specialist and to encourage the manager to benefit from the analytical approach associated with an operations research study.”

• Howard R. Bowen’s The State of the Nation and the Agenda for Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 1982, $13.95) is directed primarily at educators in colleges and universities and addresses itself to these questions: “What kind of people do we want our children and grandchildren to be? What kind of society do we want them to live in? How may education—especially higher education—be guided and shaped to help nurture such people and to help create this kind of society?”

Weeding Library Collections II, by Stanley J. Slote, is now available from Libraries Unlimited. This second edition ($21.50 U.S., $26 elsewhere) builds upon and expands the material presented in his 1975 publication. Part I discusses the broad background of weeding and weeding practice, and Part II is a step-by-step guide to three methods of weeding: the Book Card Method, the Spine-Marking Method, and the Historical Reconstruction Method.

• Knowledge Industry Publications has published a Guide to Electronic Publishing: Opportunities in Online and Viewdata Services ($95 softcover). Electronic publishing, as used in this report, means the dissemination of information by electronic rather than print media. The first part of the publication, written by Fran Spigai, discusses online and database publishing, while the second part, written by Peter Sommer, examines viewdata publishing—the transmission of text and graphic information over telephone or cable lines to home terminals—from the perspective of the prospective publisher.

• Microform Review has published its first two issues of Videodisc /Teletext (Volume 1, numbers 1 and 2, Winter and Spring 1981). This quarterly publication will feature articles on current application of videodisc and the various teletext systems in education, training, industry, and mass media. “We will report the latest developments and will reach out as new technologies impact on video information and entertainment systems,” writes George L. Abbott, editor. Subscriptions are $52 per volume year, or $15 for individual issues. Add $5 for foreign subscriptions. Copies are available from Microform Review, 520 Riverside Ave., PO Box 405, Saugatuck Station, Westport, CT 06880.

• The 16th volume (1981) of the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST) produced by the American Society for Information Science (ASIS) is available for $42.50 through Knowledge Industry Publications. Edited by Martha E. Williams, the volume contains eleven articles which fall under these topics: planning information systems and services; basic techniques and tools; applications; and the profession.

Access: Microcomputers in Libraries (Volume 1, number 1, July 1981) is available for $3 an issue, or $11 per year. This quarterly publication is intended to keep readership “informed and educated about micro-automation” and to “give a voice to the needs of libraries.” Features include short articles and interviews, and departments include editorials, news, a calendar, letters, a preview of the next issue, new products, book reviews, and classifieds. Copies are available from Access, PO Box 764, Oakridge, OR 97463. ■■

LEGISLATIVE NETWORK

The ACRL Legislation Committee will hold a joint meeting with members of the ACRL Legislative Network at Philadelphia Annual Conference. The purpose of this meeting, the first to be held in at least four years, is to discuss ways of improving the composition and effectiveness of the network.

The ACRL Legislative Network currently consists of approximately 220 academic librarians nationwide. Network members will receive an invitation to the meeting, which will be held Sunday, July 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location of the meeting will be given in the official conference program. Interested observers are invited to attend. ■■

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