Library Trends 45 (1) Summer 1996: The Library Bill of Rights


Library Trends 45 (1) Summer 1996: The Library Bill of Rights. Edited by Wayne A. Wiegand.

Nowhere are unquestioned absolutes in the profession more evident than in the discourse surrounding the Library Bill of Rights. For much of my adult life I have listened to the profession preach - largely to itself, I think - the benefits of the Library Bill of Rights. Do not misunderstand; history shows (and several of the historical pieces in this issue of Library Trends validate) that the Library Bill of Rights has done much good. But, by the last decade of the twentieth century, this discourse seems to have evolved a reality of its own that declines to engage the powerful ideas being debated in a broader intellectual world.

It was with the intention of bringing different perspectives to bear on the Library Bill of Rights that a decision was made to put together a symposium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies for September 29, 1995. After putting the program together, the editors of Library Trends were contacted to see if they would be interested in publishing the proceedings. Readers should not look for a single theoretical foundation or philosophical perspective here; instead they should expect essays to reflect the richly diverse opinions of contributors.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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