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Author(s):Strout, Donald E.
Subject(s):Classification --Books
Abstract:What we attempt here is in no sense a formal summary of content. We seek rather, in the tradition of the previous Allerton Park Institutes, to catch and record, through a series of informal observations and impressions, the sense and feel of the Institute as it developed at the hands of the hundred or more participants who, for three days, paused to reflect upon the role of classification in the present-day library and to exchange with one another their thoughts on this topic of mutual and (for the moment, at least) intensive concern. From the inception of planning for this Institute, it was obvious that it would be a study in contrasts, both within itself and in comparison with the earlier Institutes. The very wide net which we spread with our first announcement made such contrasts all but inevitable. In that opening announcement, you will recall, the invitation to attend was extended to all librarians who had an interest in classification whether classifiers, administrators, or staff members from other departments, whether college, university, public, or school librarians, whether working in a very large or a very small library. This, then, was our first contrast (in comparison with earlier Institutes) a very wide spread in sizes of libraries and types of library work represented. A junior high school librarian sat next to several librarians from the Library of Congress; ranged about them were small town and city public librarians, college and university librarians, other school librarians, and even a special librarian or two. This factor, in turn, produced a second (and related) contrast with earlier Institutes a decrease in the amount of public, or audience, discussion and participationa decrease which we may hope was compensated for in some degree by an increase in the more private corridor conferences, table talk, and coffee chats.
Issue Date:1959
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In F.T.Eaton and D.E.Strout (eds). 1959. The role of classification in the modern American library : papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, November 1-4, 1959. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 129-133.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (6th : 1959)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1959.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-16

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