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Title:Organizing the library's support: donors, volunteers, friends (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute November 11-14, 1979)
Contributor(s):Krummel, Donald W.
Subject(s):Friends of the library --Congresses
Volunteer workers in libraries --Congresses
Abstract:Friends groups are springing up across the country in recognition of the classic adage about "friends in need." In the auspicious times of twenty or even ten years ago, libraries could go merrily on their way fulfilling their missions. As Euripedes could say of his Orestes, "When fortune smiles, who needs friends?" Happily, it seems likely to be our fate to avoid the disasters of the House of Agamemnon ; but oh, how times have changed! In our days of rampant inflation, tax revolts, pressures for more outreach, more computers, better collections, and better services, we prefer to recall another ancient adage about needing all the friends we can get. We are therefore fortunate that we were building up great amounts of residual good will during those happy days of sputniks and Camelots. The value of ancient and long-standing friends is amply documented by adages which scarcely need to be repeated here (readers presumably do not wish to be told once again about King James's old shoes or At that time, I promised to include an anthology of quotations relating to friends which had not, to my knowledge, been expressed during the course of the institute. These can be verified in several standard books of quotations. Benjamin Franklin's old dog) . More to the point: in our days of need, what should we be doing to call on our friends indeed?
Issue Date:1980
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (25th : 1979)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-03-23

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