|Subject(s):||Libraries and state --United States
|Abstract:||It is customary at Allerton Park conferences for one
of the members of the faculty or the staff to give a summary
of what transpired, and this time this happened to be my job.
You can well understand that this isn't a very enviable position.
In the first place, you have to go to every one of the
meetings to hear what takes place. Also, you have to stay awake
at the meetings you attend, which sometimes is a little
difficult. Then you get up and try to tell the people, who are
intelligent, and who went to the meetings and stayed awake,
what they heard, when they already have a pretty good notion
of what they heard anyway. As a result, a summary like this
satisfies absolutely no one. Half of the people will wonder
where in the world you heard what you say you heard, because
they didn't hear it, and the other half will wonder why in the
world you didn't hear what they heard. Nevertheless, we have
this little device, and this is like a social institution once we
have it, we can't get rid of it, and I suppose we'll go on forever
having these summaries.
It was apparent from the outset that this group was different
from many groups that have arrived at Allerton Park.
They were experienced conferees. They had been going to conferences
for a long time, they had actually many times been at
conferences together because the state librarians get together
in an organization and they had met on several occasions in
respect to the Library Services Act. Consequently, in a way
more was expected of them than might have been expected of a
less sophisticated group. And they responded. They responded
well and they responded quite accurately.
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In D.E. Strout (ed). 1961. The impact of the Library services act : progress and potential : papers presented at an institute conducted jointly by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science and the Library Services Branch, U.S. Office of Education. Urbana, IL: Graduate School of Library Science: 113-119.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (8th : 1961)
|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