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This map is on the cover of Africa Seen by American Negroes (Paris: Présence Africaine Cahier Special, 1958), an important anthology of 21 humanities and social science essays written by leading African American scholars actively engaged in the study of Africa in the 1950s. Présence Africaine has a long-standing commitment to publishing works about Africa and the African diaspora written by African and African American authors. This work is from the collections of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University. Established in 1954, the Herskovits Library is the largest separate library for the study of Africa in the United States. (Illustration reproduced by permission of Présence Africaine.)

ALA’s new Library Advocacy Now! campaign focuses on training (see page 78 for details).

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ACRL Board of Directors:President—Susan Martin; presidentelect—Patricia Breivik; past-president—Thomas G. Kirk; councillor—W. Lee Hisle; Budget & Finance Com. rep.—Helen Spalding; directors—-Jill B. Fatzer, Bernard Fradkin, Frances J. Maloy, Ray E. Metz, Victoria Montavon, Linda L. Phillips, Mary Reichel; Planning Com. chair—Sandra Ready; ACRL Executive Director—Althea H. Jenkins.

In the last 25 years, federal funding for libraries came to less than the cost of one aircraft carrier (est. $3.5 billion).

Academic libraries receive two cents of every dollar spent on higher education—down from three cents in 1980 with the purchasing power deflated to that of a penny.

Annual federal spending on libraries totals only 57 cents per person—about the cost of a pack of gum.

These are just a few facts showing where libraries stand in the federal budget breakdown. For more details on how libraries may fare with the new Congress, see this month’s “Washington Hotline.” Lynne Bradley reminds us that the House Republican “Contract with America” has many library programs on its list of possible cuts.

As National Library Week, set for April 9–15, approaches, it is a good time to take stock of the current state of affairs and take the initiative.

Librarians must become advocates for libraries if we want to build support at the local, state, and national levels.

In this issue Linda Wallace, director of ALA’s Public Information Office, explains two new ALA initiatives designed to improve visibility and funding for libraries. First, Library Advocacy Now! aims to build a nationwide network of library advocates, and focuses on helping those who care about libraries become effective advocates using contacts with the media, legislators, and other forums to build support for libraries.

The other initiative is the “Pass a Buck for Libraries” campaign urging Congress to increase that 57 cents of tax dollars per person to one dollar per person. Details about these programs are provided on pages 76–79.

I hope that you will take time to consider how you can use National Library Week to promote libraries and information in your library this year. As Wallace reminds us, if we don’t take the time to celebrate National Library Week, and if we don’t make the time to be advocates for libraries, who will?

—Mary Ellen K. Davis Editor & Publisher

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