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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."
Issue Date: 1966
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
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1535
ISSN: 0536-4604
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
 

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