Library Trends 51 (1) Summer 2002: Services to the Labor Community


Library Trends 51 (1) Summer 2002: Services to the Labor Community. Edited by Deborah Joseph Schmidle.

The history of library service to labor unions is a long-standing one. It is thus somewhat surprising that, up to now, this has also been a largely undocumented history. This issue is the brainchild of a committee with an unusual membership: six librarians and six representatives of organized labor. The nine articles in this issue reflect the diversity of the joint committee membership and the collaboration between librarians and labor union members. These articles draw upon the experiences and perspectives of academic, public, and special libraries, as well as labor unions’ education and research departments. Authors include librarians, archivists, labor educators, and a professor in labor relations. Contributions include those of current and past joint committee members. The submissions discuss the history of library-labor interaction, as well as the ways in which libraries are currently working with union groups to provide research assistance and to facilitate the use of evolving technologies.

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