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Durkheim and Weber in Wonderland: Or, Building Environmental Collections for the Real World

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Title: Durkheim and Weber in Wonderland: Or, Building Environmental Collections for the Real World
Author(s): George, Melvin R.
Subject(s): Environmental protection --Information services
Abstract: Several months after I had agreed, out of sheer vanity, to appear at this Institute on information resources in the environmental sciences, I realized that I would have to say something; not only would I have to appear, but I would have to make some contribution to the development of the theme. Indeed, the more I reflected on my contribution, the more I felt like Alice confronted by the King. "What do you know about this business?" the King said to Alice. "Nothing," said Alice. "Nothing whatever?" persisted the King. "Nothing whatever," said Alice. Now it is apparent that "nothing whatever" is not a particularly useful contribution to any discussion, and perhaps I should have given it all up at that point. But again egoism, arid a certain sense of responsibility to all those librarians who staff academic libraries throughout the country and who try to serve the general needs of their students, gripped me. Surely if we are doing anything worthwhile when we build our collections, it should be possible to verbalize it, and perhaps a reiteration of those concerns toward which we direct our efforts is always necessary.
Issue Date: 1972
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In G.S. Bonn (ed). 1972. Information resources in the environmental sciences; Papers presented at the 18th annual Allerton Park Institute. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 213-223.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (18th : 1972)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1606
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1972.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-17
 

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