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Title:An Alternative Vision of Librarianship: James Danky and the Sociocultural Politics of Collection Development
Author(s):Dilevko, Juris
Subject(s):Collection development
Abstract:The work of James P. Danky, longtime librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society, is situated within the intellectual context of collection- development practices. Danky’s belief in the value of alternative periodicals — and the lengths that he went to identify and acquire them — may be interpreted as a rejection of increasingly mechanical and generic ways to develop library collections. Reliance on centralized selection procedures, approval plans, and serials vendors was not only tantamount to the "disintegration of librarians as sources of expertise," but also structurally privileged books and serials from mainstream publishers. The biennial Alternative Library Literature (1982–2001), which Danky coedited with Sanford Berman, is compared with the annual Library Lit.—The Best of (1970–1990) to illuminate the way in which contrasting philosophical approaches to the selection of anthology articles may be interpreted as a microcosm of larger issues in collection development.
Issue Date:2008
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Library Trends 56 (3) Winter 2008: 678–704.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2008 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-03-26

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