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 Title: Friends groups and academic libraries Author(s): Mosher, Paul H. Subject(s): Friends of the library Academic libraries Abstract: By 1930 there were emulative friends groups at Columbia, Yale, Princeton, and Johns Hopkins, and the number grew substantially during the next four decades. While the process of growth has been substantial, it has undergone fluctuations; there has been a fairly high mortality rate among friends groups. The number swells during periods of poor library funding or rapidly rising costs, and it declines during times of plenty ; for example, there were few new groups between 1954 and 1970, 2 but significant multiplication of them occurred during the decades immediately preceding and following that period. There has also been a tidal ebb and flow as groups have lost direction or membership, or as major projects have been completed. Successive editions of the ALA Friends of the Library Committee publications show that of thirty-five groups listed in 1937, twenty-four were not listed in 1951; and of eighty-eight listed in 1941, fifty-nine groups were not mentioned in 1951, and fifty were missing in 1955.3 However, groups which became moribund have sometimes been reactivated. Groups are presently active in support of about one-half of the ARL libraries. 4 The typical academic research library friends group was organized by the library director working in conjunction with alumni and faculty. It has about 600 members and a number of membership categories, with dues ranging from $10 to$500. The group is governed by a president, a vice president, a secretary-treasurer, and a program chairman; an executive committee consisting of those officers acts as a steering committee for a board of fourteen, which governs the organization. The library director serves ex officio on the board. Issue Date: 1980 Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Citation Info: In D.W. Krummell (ed) Organizing the library's support: donors, volunteers, friends (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute November 11-14, 1979): 69-75. Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (25th : 1979) Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation Type: Text Language: English URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/551 ISBN: 0878450548 ISSN: 0536-4606 Publication Status: published or submitted for publication Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-04-10
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