Association of College & Research Libraries

ACRL New York Programs

The professional needs and concerns of academic librarians in their working environments will serve as the focus of the conference programs sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries during the 1974 ALA Annual Conference in New York City, July 7-13.

Professional Concerns

A program sponsored by ACRL’s Committee on Academic Status, on Governance in Academic Libraries, will highlight the week’s activities. In response to the growing interest in ACRL’s activities in this area, the program will explore the implications of faculty status for academic librarians, particularly on the relationship between the chief administrative officer of the library and other librarians on the staff.

The program will begin with a video-taped presentation of a discussion of the topic by six university library administrators: Eldred R. Smith, SUNY-Buffalo, moderator; Frederick Duda, Columbia University; Dr. Jane G. Fle- ner, University of California-Berkeley; Dr. Stuart Forth, Pennsylvania State University; W. David Laird, University of Arizona; and Dr. Ellsworth G. Mason, University of Colorado. A live panel, moderated by Evert Vol- kersz, SUNY-Stony Brook, and composed of librarians from different types of academic libraries, nonadministrative librarians, and members of the audience, will respond to the views presented in the video-taped discussion. Completing the program, Dr. Dwight Ladd, Professor at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, will present a scholarly paper based on his research in the area of governance in higher education. The program will be presented on Sunday, July 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ACRL received a special program allocation for the preparation and presentation of this program, in support of President Jean Lowrie’s 1974 conference theme, “The Nature of the Profession.”

The University Libraries Section of ACRL has planned a program on Management Self- Study, to examine the application of the Association of Research Libraries’ Management Review and Analysis Program (MRAP). A summary of the purposes and procedures of MRAP, which is designed to assist research libraries in a self-analysis of their management techniques, will be supplied by Duane E. Webster, a staff member at ARL. A report of a specific application of MRAP will be presented by Millicent D. Abell, SUNY-Buffalo, who chaired an MRAP study at the University of Washington libraries. The perspectives of a director of a library involved in an MRAP study will be furnished by Russell Shank, Smithsonian Institution. The program will be presented on Tuesday, July 9, 8:30-10:30 p.m.

The ACRL College Libraries Section will sponsor a panel discussion on The Task of College Libraries in the Seventies. The panel will focus on the needs and directions of college libraries, as foreseen not by college librarians but by members of the major constituencies of college libraries: students, faculty, and administrators. Alphonso Bolton, Baruch College, will speak as a student; Dr. Howard H. Bell, Morgan State College (Maryland), will present a professor’s view; Dr. Jewell P. Cobb, Connecticut College, will offer a dean’s perspective; and Dr. Alexander Schure, New York Institute of Technology, will provide a president’s outlook. A period of open dialogue among the speakers and the audience will follow the panel presentations. The program, moderated by E. J. Josey, New York State Education Department, will be presented on Tuesday, July 9, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

The Community and Junior College Libraries Section of ACRL will hold a conference-within- a-conference, to study The Community College LRC: A Force in the Community?. The program will feature a discussion of community programs in community college libraries and will provide an opportunity for consultation and advice from resource persons who are actively involved in community programs. Dr. William N. Birenbaum, president of Staten Island Community College, will deliver the keynote address. Conference attendees will participate in small discussion groups on cable television in community colleges, on nontraditional study programs, on unique community programs at various colleges, and on cooperative arrangements between community colleges and public libraries. As part of the conference, the section will host a reception for a group of Japanese junior college librarians who plan to attend the New York Conference. The program will be held on Sunday, July 7, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Advance registration is required. For further information and registration materials, contact Mrs. Louise Giles, Dean of Learning Resources, Macomb County Community College, 14500 Twelve Mile Road, Warren, MI 48093.

The ACRL Committee to Revise the 1959 Standards for College Libraries will sponsor, as it did during the 1974 Midwinter Conference, a series of hearings on its work toward revising the standards. The committee is soliciting responses from all persons and groups with an interest in standards for college libraries. The hearings will be held Wednesday, July 10, 2:00-6:00 p.m., and Thursday, July 11, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Interested persons are invited to appear anytime during these time slots.

Special Interests

The Association of College and Research Libraries will sponsor several programs of interest to academic librarians in specialized working environments. The ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section, in cooperation with the Clearinghouse and Laboratory for Census Data, will present a two-day instructional program on Access to Printed and Computerized Census Data. Staff from the clearinghouse will illustrate the uses and applications of census data in library situations and will demonstrate the availability of census data in printed reports and on computer tapes. The program, scheduled for Sunday, July 7, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Monday, July 8, 9:00 a.m.-l:30 p.m., will feature an address by Vincent R. Barabba, director of the Bureau of the Census. Registration is required and limited to 125 persons. For further information and registration materials, contact Beverly P. Lynch, Executive Secretary, ACRL, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.

The Manuscripts Committee of the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section will sponsor a panel discussion examining the debate concerning Access to Manuscripts. Panel participants will present differing points of view on the subject. Ralph G. Newman, a trustee of the Chicago Public Library and the appraiser of Richard Nixon’s vice-presidential papers, will speak as a private dealer in manuscripts. William Dix, Princeton University library, will offer the viewpoint of a director of a research library with large manuscripts collections. A third panelist will represent the view of a major historian or of a staff member from the national archives. The program, scheduled for Tuesday, July 9, 2:00-4:00 p.m., will conclude with a period for open discussion.

ACRL will cosponsor, with five other divisions, a program on Independent Learning Programs for Adults, to examine the unique contributions of libraries to adults’ individual programs of life-long learning. Basic concepts followed in the Library Independent Study Projects will be presented by national program staff, and examples of work accomplished in twelve pilot libraries will be featured. Program planning, understanding of the special needs of the adult learner, and certain aspects of onsite training of library personnel, such as planning and evaluation and decision making by the learner, will comprise the program content. The program will be presented on Thursday, July 11, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, and 2:00-4:00 p.m.

A group of undergraduate librarians has scheduled a meeting of the informal Undergraduate Librarians Discussion Group, for Monday, July 8, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. The meeting will serve to re-establish communications among the UgLi group.

An informal discussion group for academic librarians dealing with Western European Languages and Literatures has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m.

Other ACRL programs will treat Canadian- American reference services, anthropology resources and collections in the New York area, library support for non-Western area studies, and the role of librarians in East European Socialist societies.

ACRL Reception

ACRL members will have a formal opportunity to meet with their colleagues in a social atmosphere during the conference week. New York University will host a reception for all ACRL members on Wednesday, July 10, 7:30- 10:30 p.m., at the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library. The Bobst Library, dedicated in December 1972, is the first central library building in New York University’s Washington Square. One of the world’s largest open-stack libraries, it is the largest university library structure in New York City and the first major research library to be built in the city in thirty-five years.

ACRL Self-Study

The ACRL divisional program meeting and the ACRL membership meeting, on Monday, July 8, 2:00-6:00 p.m., will serve to keep ACRL members apprised of ACRL’s current programs, directions, and policies. As an introduction to the ongoing goals study in ACRL, Dr. David Kaser, of the Graduate Library School at Indiana University, and long active in ACRL affairs, will present a paper on the processes for planning for future activities in an organization such as ACRL. The goals study is being undertaken by a committee chaired by Dr. Le Moyne W. Anderson, Colorado State University. The announcement of the appointment of the committee appears elsewhere in this issue.


Numerous tours are being offered to conference attendees during the conference week. A listing of ACRL-sponsored tours follows.

Art Section, tour of The Cloisters (Medieval Section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Monday, July 8, 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m. Registration fee of $8.00 includes transportation and lunch and must be prepaid. Registration is limited to fifty persons. To register, send check with your name and address to Mrs. Barbara Sevy, 242 Mather Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046.

Art Section, tour and lecture at the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue, between 103rd and 104th Streets), Tuesday, July 9, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Registration is limited to fifty persons. To register, send name and address to Mrs. Barbara Sevy, 242 Mather Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046.

Art Section, tour and slide lecture at the Sotheby-Parke-Bernet Auction House (980 Madison Avenue), Tuesday, July 9, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Registration is limited to fifty persons. To register, send name and address to Mrs. Barbara Sevy, 242 Mather Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046.

Art Section, tour of the Frick Collection (1 East 70th Street) and meeting with the curatorial staff, Thursday, July 11, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon. Registration limited to fifty persons. To register, send name and address to Mrs. Barbara Sevy, 242 Mather Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046.

Community and Junior College Libraries Section, tour to Bergen Community College (Paramus, N.J.) and to Brookdale Community College (Lincroft, N.J.), Tuesday, July 9, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Registration fee of $8.00 includes transportation and lunch and must be prepaid. To register, send check with your name and address to Mrs. Louise Giles, Dean of Learning Resources, Macomb County Community College, 14500 Twelve Mile Road, Warren, MI 48093.

Law and Political Science Section, tour of the United Nations Library, Tuesday, July 9, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Registration limited to fifty LPSS members. To register, send name and address to Mrs. Nancy M. Rodgers, 485 Front St., $-415, Hempstead, NY 11550. Upon request, Mrs. Rodgers will provide registrants with information about transportation to the library.

ACRL Membership
February 28, 1974 13,897
February 28, 1973 13,038
February 29, 1972 12,547


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