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• A dinner meeting cosponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Southern California Technical Processes Group was attended by 170 librarians. The meeting was held May 30 at the UCLA faculty center.

Prior to the dinner there was a cocktail hour reception for UCLA Librarian Russell Shank, incoming ALA president. Michael Gorman, head of technical services, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and coeditor of the abridged Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, second edition (AACR II), was the featured speaker of the meeting.

In speaking on “Closing the Card Catalog,” Gorman stated that the costs for card catalogs are too high and that the format is not adaptable, thus prohibiting changes. What he feels is needed is a single automated, integrated tool, which contains not only the bibliographic record of any given item but all files on that item maintained by the library. He briefly described the plans for closing the card catalog at the University of Illinois.

After his presentation, questions on AACR II were raised. He views it as the best summary of “premachine’’ cataloging we have, though imperfect. The current concern surrounding AACR II, in his opinion, is not with the rules themselves but rather the problems of integrating the old and new.

ACRL will have a final meeting of the year in September. Chapter membership is automatic for current ACRL members. Others wishing to join may do so upon payment of $5 dues mailed to: Philip M. O’Brien, College Librarian, Whittier College, Whittier, CA 90608.

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