|Title:||Proposals And Programs-The Informal Aspects
|Author(s):||Crosland, Dorothy M.
|Subject(s):||Federal aid to libraries --United States
|Abstract:||When Mrs. Ladley's letter came last winter inviting me to participate
in this conference concerning federal legislation for libraries,
I had just returned from Washington, which had been covered
with a heavy snow. Her letter read: "We invite you to give one of
the papers on Tuesday, November 8, on the art of getting to know
one's way around in Washington." I laughed because "How does one
get around in Washington when there is an unexpected snow storm?"
I had no trouble when I visited a private donor, for a car was sent for
me, but to get to government offices which spread from the City of
Washington into Maryland and Virginia is not too easy. One must depend
on the doorman at a hotel or stand near a building where a cab
might discharge a passenger, or wait on a corner where traffic flows
two ways and pray that an empty cab will stop. I must admit that
even after many years and many visits to Washington my sense of direction
is not good and I am dependent on a cab. I am quite sure I
did not think clearly when I accepted the invitation to appear on this
program and tell people how to get around in Washington.
Some weeks later a more detailed letter came from Mrs. Ladley
and I realized it did not matter transportation-wise how I got about in
Washington; rather, it was how did I get into government offices, how
did I meet the officials who might give me the information I was seeking.
This paper has been a difficult one to write, for if I spoke frankly,
it would be too personal. One does not mention the name of a
friend who says:
" You should know Mr. X. I shall call him or give
you a note to him."
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
|Citation Info:||In W.Ladley (ed). 1966. Federal legislation for libraries : papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, November 6-9, 1966. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 66-75.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (13th : 1966)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1966.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-16