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• Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc. ‚ of 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York, has announced the creation of the International Microform Distribution Service (IMDS) for libraries and scholars. IMDS is described as “a central clearinghouse for foreign microforms, regardless of publisher or country of origin. ”

All titles are offered for sale at the foreign list price. U.S. clients can pay in U.S. dollars. Canadian clients can order through Clearwater’s new Toronto office at 231 Hollyberry Trail, Willowdale, Ontario M2H 2P3, and can pay in Canadian dollars.

In addition to distributing foreign microforms, IMDS also provides a selective dissemination of information (SDI) service by distributing the catalogs of foreign publishers to participating libraries. As with most SDI services, each client is asked to complete a profile of its interests (both by subject and geographical area). Appropriate catalogs are then mailed from time to time to each library. Unlike most SDI services, there is no charge to the client. IMDS will also undertake free searches for its clients to determine whether a particular title is available in microform.

Scholars can use IMDS to determine the availability of specific materials or to ascertain what may be available within a subject area. Rare books, documents, or manuscript materials not available as a published microform can be filmed on demand through a network of correspondents headquartered in Paris, France.

• Under the terms of a contract signed December 23, 1977, the Library of Congress Shelflist will be published as a joint undertaking by United States Historical Documents Institute, Inc. (HDI), and University Microfilms International (UMI). Filming of the shelflist is expected to begin during the first quarter of this year.

The Library of Congress Shelflist‚ which consists of approximately 6.5 million cards arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification System, will be sold in several microform formats as well as in bound Copyflo hard copy. The complete shelflist will be offered by HDI in 35mm 21x microfilm format at the prepublication price of $5,132 and by UM I in either 42x microfiche or 42x 16mm roll film (cartridge) at the prepublication price of $2,395. Both companies will sell bound Copyflo hard copies. Partial sets of the shelflist will be available in a variety of format from HDI and UMI.

Subject and name access to the Library of Congress Shelflist is provided by the fifteenvolume Combined Indexes to the Library of Congress Classification Schedules‚ 1974 and its Supplements, originally published by HDI. The Combined Indexes and Supplements will now be sold by both companies.

Further information regarding the publication of the Library of Congress Shelflist may be obtained from either of the publishers.

• The Southeastern Bibliographic Instruction Directory: Academic Libraries has been published by the Southeastern Library Association (SELA). Compiled under the supervision of the SELA Library Orientation and Bibliographic Instruction Committee, it includes information regarding bibliographic instruction programs in 349 academic libraries in the Southeast. The 368-page directory, which is in looseleaf format without binder, may be purchased for $6 from The Southeastern Library Association, P.O. Box 987, Tucker, GA 30084. Checks should be made payable to SELA. Payment must accompany order.

Newspapers in Maryland Libraries: A Union List compiled by E. O. Hofstetter and M. Eustis under the auspices of the Academic and Research Division of the Maryland Library Association, 1977, is available free from the Maryland Library Association, 115 West Franklin St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

• An index of the Journal of Library History recently was issued by the University of Texas Press, publisher of the quarterly journal.

Covering the first eleven volumes of the journal from 1966 to 1976, the index was prepared by eight UT students in Prof. E. B. Jackson’s 1976 indexing and abstracting class in library science. The special issue includes subject, author/title, and book review indexes.

Debra K. Davis, now employed with the Rocky Mountain Bibliographical Center in Denver, Colorado, edited the special supplement. Other students who participated in the class project and their present positions are Jean Adams, librarian, Fluor, Inc., Houston; Miguel Bamberger, Documentation Unit, MSI, Inc., Austin; Patti Duke, UT library science student; Bonnie Fridley, librarian, U.S. Air Force, San Antonio; Beth Hanson, literary analyst, School of Education, Texas A & M, College Station; Elizabeth McDonnell of Austin, and Anthony Schmitt, free-lance indexer, Austin.

The index is available from University of Texas Press, Journals Department, P.O. Box 7819, Austin, TX 78712. Cost is $7.50 plus 5 percent tax.

Publication of the index was supported by UT’s Graduate School of Library Science and the Beta Eta chapter of Beta Phi Mu, a library science honorary society.

• Media librarians who want to communicate with others in their field and administrators who are planning audiovisual services will find useful information in a new directory published by METRO (the New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency).

The Media Librarians Directory: A Preliminary List of Media Librarians in the New York Metropolitan Area includes the names and addresses of sixty-two persons whose jobs (all or in part) deal with media. Academic, public, school, and medical libraries from Long Island to Poughkeepsie are included in the directory, which is METRO’S Miscellaneous Publication No. 16.

Richard Allen, audiovisual supervisor, Teachers College, edited the directory with the help of members of METRO’s Media Librarians Discussion Group. The directory has three listings: one by name, one by institution, and one by job title. Of the thirty-eight titles included, media librarian and media specialist are the ones most frequently names.

Others may send orders at $5 each prepaid and $10 each if an invoice is required to: METRO, 11 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018.

• There is considerable interest among Association of Research Library (ARL) members in building collection assessment into regular operations, according to the latest SPEC Flyer and Kit, Collection Assessment in ARL Libraries‚ (No. 41, February 1978).

According to the two-page flyer, which is based upon the results of a 1977 survey of ARL members, increased interest in collection effectiveness has led to an emphasis on formalizing and codifying the purposes of research collections. Although it is difficult to measure research collection effectiveness, ARL members have developed a number of approaches to collection evaluation. Collection-centered and client-centered assessment techniques, are described and discussed.

The accompanying SPEC Kit contains 103 pages of materials that illustrate collection descriptions and various approaches to collection assessment, gathered mainly from ARL libraries. Kit and Flyer #41 are available, prepaid, for $7.50 to ARL members and SPEC subscribers and for $15.00 to all others from: Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Studies, 1527 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 232-8656.

Report #1 of the Task Force on the Future of the Cornell University Libraries Card Catalogs is now available.

The report culminates two years of study and discussion and is intended to initiate a dialogue with the entire libraries staff concerning the possible closing of the Cornell University Libraries’ card catalogs. The first scheduled hearing on the contents of this report will be held with the entire library staff on March 1, 1978.

The report recommends that catalogs be closed at the time the new cataloging code (AACR II) is adopted; that a new on-line system with a COM backup system be implemented; that the automated system also manage the libraries’ other processing tasks (i.e., acquisitions, serials, circulation/reserve, etc.). The committee believes that this report represents one of the most comprehensive documents so far published on closing the card catalogs in a major research library.

Copies of the report are available for $2 each (prepaid) from the Budget & Accounting Office, 234 Olin Library, Cornell University Libraries, Ithaca, NY 14853.

• A Life of Franklin‚ written 100 years ago by John William Draper but never published, has been published by the Library of Congress. The manuscript was edited by Ronald S. Wilkinson, manuscript historian, Manuscript Division, who also supplied an introduction and bibliographical references.

The manuscript biography of Benjamin Franklin, written by nineteenth-century scientist-historian John William Draper, was found among Draper s voluminous papers when they came to the library’s Manuscript Division in 1973. These papers had been in the Draper family for nearly a century before Draper’s great- grandson, Daniel C. Draper, donated them to the library.

Draper drew material from Jared Sparks’ The Works of Benjamin Franklin and James Parton’s Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin‚ among other works. The biography was evidently intended to appear in D. Appleton & Company’s series, Lives of Eminent Americans. Why it was never published is a mystery, according to Wilkinson, but it appears that Draper’s work on other publications may have intervened.

Life of Franklinmay be purchased for $5 from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, Stock No. 030-000-00088-9, or in person from the Information Counter, Ground Floor, Library of Congress Building.

• Copies of Directory of Academic Library Instruction Program in Virginia are available for $2.25 each from William Prince, Newman Library, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Make checks payable to the Virginia Library Association.

• Special Libraries Association has recently distributed to its members an eighty-five-page document entitled, Library Photocopying and the U.S. Copyright Law of 1976: An Overview for Librarians and Their Counsel.

The document was prepared under the auspices of the SLA Committee on Copyright Law Practice and Implementation. The body of the document (seventeen pages) is an “overview” of the provisions of the new copyright law that directly concern library photocopying. It was prepared by their general counsel.

A limited number of copies are available for $3.50 prepaid from the SLA Order Department, 235 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10003.

• A recent SPEC Kit and Flyer concerns the training of research and academic library staff for routine, technical tasks. Kit and Flyer 40, Skills Training in ARL Libraries‚ (January 1978) is based on the results of a survey conducted by the Systems and Procedures Exchange Center in September 1977. Over three-fourths of the seventy-three responding libraries report that manuals and procedural guides, along with on- the-job training, are the main methods of instruction for technical skills. Documentation suggests that on-the-job training is a continuing process within library units, with supervisors being responsible for training student assistants, new staff members, staff transferred to new positions, and those assigned to entirely new tasks. In some libraries, personnel or staff development librarians assist supervisors by designing or coordinating training opportunities. Also, many libraries indicate a growing interest in developing new training programs and resources, and that new approaches to training for routine tasks can assist in improving unit performance with a relatively stable staff.

Flyer and Kit 40, Skills Training‚ is available to ARL members and SPEC subscribers for $7.50 prepaid. It is available to all others for $15 prepaid. Orders may be sent to: Office of University Library Management Studies, Association of Research Libraries, 1527 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036.

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