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ACRL at the 1978 Annual Conference

Nearly two dozen program sessions were sponsored by ACRL and its various units during the 1978 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

President Eidred R. Smith presided over ACRL's principal program, cosponsored by the College and University Libraries Sections. Speakers on the program “The Academic Library within a National Information Policy: Towards the White House Conference and Beyond” were Richard Dougherty, University of California Library, Berkeley; Irma Johnson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Library; John McGowan, Northwestern University Library; William Moffett, State University of New York Library, Potsdam.

ACRL section programs gave members an opportunity to update and share their knowledge of virtually all aspects of academic and research librarianship; these included replevin, library instruction, preservation of visual resources, automation, and bibliography.

The Agricultural and Biological Sciences Section sponsored the program, “Recombinant DNA—the Right to Know,” with a presentation by Jonathan King, director of the Electron Microscope Facility at MIT. The Anthropology Section sponsored a program on the differences between computerized and traditional methods of compiling an anthropological bibliography.

The Asian and African Section addressed the topic of “Bibliographical Control and Library Networks in China, Kuwait and Nigeria.” The Bibliographic Instruction Section, offering “The Politics of Libran Instruction,” featured a panel of administrators and librarians discussing and exploring their priorities in relation to the problems they have maintaining their priorities.

The Community and Junior College Libraries Section, in conjunction with the Public Library Association, offered an all day conferencewithin-a-conference: “Community College and Public Libraries: The Impetus toward Cooperation!” The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section sponsored “Rarities and Ephemera at the Chicago Historical Society Library: an Illustrated Lecture.”

ACRL officers at the 1978 conference (from left to right): Evan i. Färber, Connie R. Dunlap, and Eidred R. Smithbelow, ACRL main program speakers (from left to right): Irma Johnson, Richard Dougherty, John McGowan, and William Moffett.

The Slavic and East European Section offered a three-part program, which included “Reflections on the History and Prospects of Slavic Bibliography in the United States,” “The Automation of Cyrillic Slavic Cataloging,” and “Current Developments in Romanization of Cyrillic Scripts.”

Trips sponsored by ACRL units included the Law and Political Science Section’s tour of Chicago City Hall, the Art Section’s boat ride on Lake Michigan, and CJCLS’s tour of four libraries of the City Colleges of Chicago.

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