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Automated Library Systems in ARL Libraries, SPEC Kit #126 (108 pages, July 1986), contains six documents describing the automation planning process, three documents describing implementation, and four documents dealing with operational issues—two on computer center relationships, one example of use statistics, and one general system description. SPEC kits are available by subscription, or individually for $20 (plus $5 postage outside the U.S.). Checks should be payable to the ARL Office of Management Studies, 1527 New Hampshire Aveġ, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.

The Changing System of Scholarly Communication (7 pages, May 1986) summarizes the perceptions held within the research library community about changes taking place in the scholarly communication system. The paper, prepared by the ARL Task Force on Scholarly Communication, addresses the new technological environment, the changing needs and practices of scholars, the role of publishers in the process, the record of scholarship, and users of the record of scholarship. Copies are available for $1.00 (prepaid) from the Association of Research Libraries, 1527 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036.

Desk Dictionaries: A Consumer’s Guide,byRobert M. Pierson (32 pages, June 1986), reviews 20 currently available desk dictionaries according to potential readership, scope, authority, and organization. The $2.95 booklet is an expanded version of a review that appeared in ALA’s Reference Books Bulletin for December 1, 1983. Contact: ALA Publishing Services, Order Department, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795. ISBN 0-8389-3316-5.

• Epic Fantasy in the Modem World: A Few Observations,by Stephen R. Donaldson (16 pages, 1986) , has been issued by the Kent State University Libraries as part of its Occasional Papers series. Donaldson, who received his master’s degree from Kent State in 1971, is the author of two fantasy trilogies published as The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever. His papers are housed in the library’s Department of Special Collections. The booklet, featuring a cover by award-winning fantasy illustrator P. Craig Russell, is available for $5.00 (prepaid) from the Kent State University Press, Kent, OH 44242.

• Guidelines on Subject Access to MicrocomputerSoftware(27 pages, June 1986) provides guidelines on subject analysis and classification of software based on the principle that it should be integrated with traditional library materials to simplify patron access. Prepared by the ALA Resources and Technical Services Division’s Subcommittee on Subject Access to Microcomputer Software, the guide complements ALA’s Guidelines for Using AACR2 Chapter 9 for Cataloging Microcomputer Software. Copies may be ordered for $4.50 from ALA Publishing Services, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795. ISBN 0-8389-0452-1.

• Improving Reference Management,edited byTrish Ridgeway (73 pages, 1986), contains papers based upon a conference sponsored by the Southeastern Library Association and ALA’s Reference and Adult Services Division in Atlanta, May 10-12, 1984. Some topics included are setting reference standards, burnout, and creativity and innovation. Copies may be ordered for $15 ($12 for RASD members) from ALA Publishing Services, Order Department, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795. ISBN 0-8389-7046-X.

The 4th edition of the Latin American Import-Export Directory(2 vols., 960 pages, 1986) lists 22,500 companies in 18 Latin American countries classified by product. A free copy is available on request. Contact: International Trade Council, P.O. Box 73 Centro Colon, San Jose 1007, Costa Rica; telex 48547 INCOM CR.

• Legal Information Service to the Publicis a brochure that describes the efforts of the American Association of Law Libraries to improve public access to legal information. AALL has developed a multifaceted program to assist non-law trained librarians in moving toward the goal of providing all Americans with equal access to basic legal information. The program includes workshops, consulting services on acquisitions and collection maintenance, and the development of union lists and bibliographies. For copies of the brochure, or for more information on AALL’s program, contact: American Association of Law Libraries, 53 W. Jackson, Suite 703, Chicago, IL 60604; (312) 939-4764.

• Online Catalog Screen Displays: A Series of Discussions,edited by Joan Frye Williams (1986), includes speakers’ presentations, reports from discussion groups, and a summary of a conference held in Austin, March 10-13,1985. Forty-three librarians, system designers, vendors, and consultants participated in the meeting, which focused on improving screen displays to enhance user satisfaction and performance. A glossary of display terminology is included in an appendix. The book is available for $7 (prepaid only) from Screen Displays, Council on Library Resources, 1785 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036.

• An Ounce of Prevention(191 pages, 1986) contains the proceedings of the Symposium on Disaster Contingency Planning for Information Managers in Archives, Libraries and Records Centres, held March 7–8, 1985, in Toronto. The proceedings have been published by the Toronto Area Archivists Groups as a companion to their similarly titled handbook on disaster contingency planning. The 26 papers are divided into four groups: preventive measures, development of a contingency plan, anatomy of a disaster, and rehabilitation of salvaged materials. Copies may be ordered for $25 (plus $2.50 postage and handling) from the Toronto Area Archivists Group, P.O. Box 97, Station F, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2L4. ISBN 0-9292041-1-6.

A new edition of Overview of Endowment Programs(31 pages, July 1986) has been issued by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This handbook describes all 42 NEH programs and includes a revised staff directory, a list of state humanities councils, and a list of other free NEH publications. The application dates through 1987 are listed. For a free copy, contact NEH, Room 409, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 786-0438.

• Planning for the Archival Profession(42 pages,1986) has been published by the Society of American Archivists as the final report of its Task Force on Goals and Priorities. The report, basically a goals and objectives statement for archival organizations, identifies ways to locate and preserve records of enduring value to society, to manage programs effectively for the care of these records, and to promote their use. SAA has appointed a standing committee to continue and publicize the work identified in this document. Copies may be requested from the Society, 600 S. Federal, Suite 504, Chicago, IL 60605; (312) 922-0140.

• Post-Tenure Faculty Evaluation: Threat or Opportunity?, by Christine M. Licata (105 pages, May 1986), has been published as Report #1-1986 in the ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports series. The book covers factors influencing the focus on post-tenure evaluation, and an overview, current examples of, and a framework for such evaluation. Copies may be ordered for $10 from the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Dept. PI, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036.

•Reference Services in Academic Research Libraries,by Paula D. Watson (82 pages, 1986), contains the results of a survey of 66 medium and large research libraries on the staffing, organization, and functions of research library reference departments. An analysis of bibliographic instruction and online search services is provided in addition to general reference services. Copies are $15 ($12 for RASD members) from ALA Publishing Services, Order Department, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795. ISBN 0-8389-7047-8.

A companion volume, Reference Policy and Administrative Documents, edited by Paula D. Watson (51 pages + 10 microfiche, 1985), presents specific documents requested from the respondents, including reference department organization charts, internal job descriptions, reference services policies, online services policies, and reference collection development policies. The documents themselves are reproduced on the accompanying microfiche. Copies may be ordered for $20 ($18 for RASD members), also from ALA Publishing. ISBN 0-8389-6933-X.

•SOE: An Outline History of the Special Operations Executive, 1940-1946,by M.R.D. Foot (280 pages, 1986), tells the story of the British secret service that conducted guerrilla warfare against the Axis powers in World War II. The SOE, which provided a model for the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (a forerunner of the CIA), supported resistance movements in enemy territory from Abyssinia to China and sparked controversy with such procedures as financing certain operations through black market sales. Copies are available for $24 from University Publications of America, Inc., 44 N. Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701. ISBN 0-89093-673-0.

Also available from University Publications of America is The Shadow War: German Espionage and United States Counterespionage in Latin America during World War II, by Leslie B. Rout Jr. and John F. Bratzel (496 pages, 1986). The authors have used extensive U.S., German, and Latin American primary source material to unravel the details of international intrigues in wartime Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. Numerous survivors of the struggle have been contacted and interviewed to provide an extra dimension of documentation to this work. Appendixes on German spy ciphers and lists of persons implicated or convicted as spies in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina are also included. Copies are available for $29.50 from University Publications of America, Inc. ISBN 0-89093-237-9.

•Sub-Saharan African Films and Filmmakers: APreliminary Bibliography,by Nancy J. Schmidt (1986), provides 1,690 references from a wide variety of resources that include books and articles published in Africa, the United States, and Europe.

There are indexes for actors and actresses, filmmakers, film festivals, film titles, countries, and general subjects. Copies may be ordered for $14 from the African Studies Program, Woodburn Hall 221, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405.

• The Sun and Solar System Debris,compiled byWilliam R. Corliss (282 pages, April 1986), is the second in the author’s series of catalogs on astronomical anomalies. This volume serves as a bibliography and classification system for such curiosities as two-dimensional comet tails, unexplained nebulous objects, remarkable solar coronas, meteors of very long duration, and zodiacal light idiosyncracies. Copies are available for $17.95 from The Sourcebook Project, P.O. Box 107, Glen Arm, MD 21057. ISBN 0-915554-20-8.

•Ways(vol. ļ, January 1986–) is a bimonthly magazine for professionals in the field of mental disability and for those with relatives or friends who are mentally ill. A sample issue contained articles on mental illness and marital stress, fund-raising, and Disability Awareness Day in Washington, D.C., last May 7. Annual subscriptions for libraries are $15.95. Contact: Ways, Circulation Dept., C-1153, Skokie, IL 60076. ■■

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