LRTS v 13, no. 2, Spring 1969

The Bibliographer in the Academic Library

Robert P. Haro

Academic libraries, in their quest to secure and make available library materials necessary to support instructional and research programs, are finding it necessary to rely upon librarians functioning as book selectors. The fermi bibliographer (frequently applied to these selectors) is gradually taking on new meaning in library service. The role of the bibliographer is changing to include (besides book selection) new duties and responsibilities such as advanced reference, research work, instruction, and liaison duties between teaching departments and the library. In addition, academic library organization is gradually being affected by the increasing use of bibliographers.

An Acquisitionist Looks at Mr. Haro's Bibliographer

Helen Welch Tuttle

It would be impossible for one librarian to cover adequately the wide range of functions which Robert Haro's bibliographer is to perform. The bibliographer's first concern is with the book. He must understand thoroughly all aspects of its bibliographic makeup and description and the approaches to its contents. With this knowledge he will be able to settle problems which the subject specialist cannot. Selection is an art, and the best way to build distinguished collections which fulfill the scholarly purposes for which they are intended is to use a team approach in which the librarian-selector coordinates, but is aided by many others.

The Processing Department of the Library of Congress in 1968

William J. Welsh


An Argument Against the Use of Conventional Headings in the Cataloging of Primary Legal Sources

D. Dean Willard

Conventional form headings are superfluous. Primary legal sources require no special treatment or principle with the minor exceptions of uniform laws, laws and court rules promulgated by a superior jurisdiction for a subordinate jurisdiction, and codes of one sovereign state adopted by another sovereign state. These exceptions can be accommodated by modifying the corporate entry. The jurisdiction should be considered the author of its own laws regardless of original source of the bill or code. Further, conventional form headings are contrary to actual use, and their applicatirn constitutes an attempt to make practice conform to a principle devised by librarians inctcad of drawing principles from actual practice.

The Value of the Kirkus Service for College Libraries

Walter R. Stubbs and Robert N. Broadus

The purpose of this study was to test the Kirkus Service as a reviewing medium in terms of the needs of college libraries. To determine the relevance of Kirkus to college libraries, the authors took as a standard the new Books for College Libraries. All adult nonfiction. Kirkus reviews, except special sections such as Lenten religious supplements, appearing in 1962 were used as a checklist. Of the 2 30 nonfiction reviews in Kirkus, 450, or 33.7 percent, were found in Books for College Libraries. As a result, it was determined that Kirkus as a reviewing medium for college libraries is quite relevant. It is further enhanced by the promptness of its reviews which generally appear prior to the book's publication.

Optimum Distribution of Centrally Processed Material

Fred J. Heinritz and James C. Hsiao

The problem of determining a minimum cost route for the distribution of centrally processed material is shown to be similar in structure to the classical "traveling salesman problem." Although an efficient procedure for a unique optimum solution of this problem has not yet been discovered, there is described and illustrated a simple procedure for obtaining a near-optimum solution, quite accurate enough for pragmatic library purposes.

Commercial Processing Firms: A Directory

Barbara M. Westby