Library Juice 1:12 - April 1, 1998

1. Public Administration and Management Journal 
2. StatLib - system for distributing statistical information 
3. Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics 
4. PlaceComm Discussion List  (Place and Community Studies) 
5. Y? The National Forum on People's Differences  (Ethnic Diversity Resource) 
6. Scout Report Signpost (for searching Internic Scout Project) 
7. Gary Price's "Direct Search," (for Librarians) 
8. John Albee's "InfoFinder: Needle in a Cyberstack" 
9. Labor History Web Sites 
10. Resources on the European Monetary Union 
11. New Bookbinding List 
12. Mark Rosenzweig's Boy Scouts of America resolution, 3/26/98 revision 
13. The Technorealism Manifesto 
14. Story: Information Trumps Reality 
15. About the NETFUTURE newsletter 
16. The ICOLC document on purchase of electronic information by libraries 
1.  Public Administration and Management Journal 
Editors Jack Rabin and Robert Munzenrider from the Pennsylvania State 
University at Harrisburg oversee "The First Peer-Reviewed Journal on the 
Internet Devoted to the Fields of Public Administration and Management." 
The journal targets both scholars and practitioners in public 
administration and management. The most recent issue (vol. 3, no.4) 
contains an article discussing the value of the Doctor of Public 
Administration degree. Submission information and previous issues can be 
obtained at the site. [JR] 
The Scout Report's Web page: 
2.  StatLib 
StatLib is a system for distributing statistical software, data sets, and 
statistical information via email, ftp, and the Web. Mike Meyer, of 
Carnegie Mellon University, edits this site, which contains browsable and 
searchable selections of tools and data for numerous statistical 
applications. Data sets are thoroughly annotated. Statisticians and 
scientists conducting data analysis will find this site well organized and 
accessible. In addition, the site contains a directory of people in the 
statistics field. [DF] 
The Scout Report's Web page: 
3.  Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics 
"There are more female physicists than people know about!" This claim is 
made by the producers of this well-documented archive of citation and 
biographical information about 20th century women physicists, led by UCLA 
Physics Professor Emeritus, Nina Byers. This archive contains information 
about more than 50 women in the past century (to 1976) who have made 
original and important contributions to physics. The archive was compiled 
by UCLA staff and others "active in fields in which contributions have been 
made." Details about important contributions, publications, honors, 
employment history, and references are provided for each woman included in 
the database. Visitors can search the archive by name or by specific 
physics fields. A database of the print references used to compile 
information about the women cited is also available. [AG] 
The Scout Report's Web page: 
4.  PlaceComm Discussion List 
The Place and Community Studies discussion list, sponsored by the Place and 
Community Studies Institute, is an interdisciplinary forum to discuss ways 
in which teaching, research, activism, living practices, and artistic 
production can be applied to valuing and sustaining our unique places--our 
natural and built environments, as well as our social communities. Part of 
the mission of the list is to foster dialogue and build bridges between 
people from all walks of life and, for teachers and scholars, between all 
levels and disciplines. To help build a strong community on the list, the 
list owner asks that all new subscribers post an introductory message 
describing their background and their specific interests regarding this 
list. [SC] 
To  SUBSCRIBE email: 
In the subject line, type the word subscribe 
The Scout Report's Web page: 
5. Y? The National Forum on People's Differences 
The Y? forum, the first of its kind to our knowledge, is  a moderated and 
edited online environment that is "designed to give readers a way to ask 
people from other ethnic or cultural backgrounds the questions they've 
always been too embarrassed or uncomfortable to ask." The site provides 
guidelines for both asking a question and providing the answer; however, 
both are read by the editor before posting "for space and readability, and 
to paraphrase questions and answers to render them suitable for general 
viewing."  The result is a space where readers can safely follow a dialogue 
on sensitive topics without the fear of having to  wade through racist 
attacks, foul language, or "flame wars." Topics welcome at Y? include those 
related to differences in age, class, disability, gender, geography, 
occupation, race/ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. The Y? Forum 
was developed and is managed by Phillip J. Milano, an editor for the 
Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. The site is not related to the 
newspaper. The site states that an unmoderated forum will be provided in 
the future in addition to the current moderated format. [SC] 
The Scout Report's Web page: 
6.  Scout Report Signpost (for searching Internic Scout Project) 
HTTP:// is the URL for the Internet Scout 
Signpost search facility, where you can search the entire history of the 
Internic Scout Project's Scout Reports for librarian-reviewed web resources. 
7.  Gary Price's "Direct Search," from George Washington University 
Submitted by a reader: 
"It's a magnificent compendium of sources for anyone engaging in online 
reference work:  access to lots of information (and damned useful stuff, 
too) not readily found using the standard commercial search engines. 
Got it off of the LII's 'What's New' page." 
8.  Needle in a Cyberstack (John Albee's InfoFinder) 
From: John Albee <albee[at]REVEALED.NET> 
Subject:      UPDATE: InfoFinder: Needle in a CyberStack, Sunday, March 29,1998 
To: Multiple recipients of list COMLIB-L <COMLIB-L[at]LSV.UKY.EDU> 
Hi COMLIB-L Listmembers, 
Please let me know what you think of my info/tool pages: Needle in a CyberStack 
        There are currently 74 interlinked pages including 24 alphabetized 
Business and Career Tools Pages, the Best of Curriculum, 24 alphabetized 
Medical and Scholarly Research Pages, Reference, Law & Justice, Cybrarians' 
Favorites, Intelligence & Security, Law Enforcement, Exploring, What's 
Cool, Fun, News Sources, etc. 
        I've tried to keep it simple, powerful, quick-loading (Table 
Format), and useful - with links to all the best Search and Info Tools in 
the world.  Comments and suggestions are much appreciated.  If you know of 
a link that should be there please tell me!. 
        My hope is that this will become a frequent and useful tool for 
your research, study, and writing.  However, your staff, students and their 
parents should find it to be useful too. I also participate in several 
webrings (at the bottom of my main page) which may be useful to you or your 
family members:  The History Ring, The Research Webring, Homeschoolers, 
Journalism and Research Resources Webring and the Homework Ring. 
        If you like it, please pass it on as you see fit. Thanks! 
John Albee mailto:albee[at] 
Teacher, Davenport Community Schools 
Website: Needle in a CyberStack - the InfoFinder  
address: 736 Westerfield Road 
         Davenport, Iowa 52806      phone: 319-386-2171 
We are all Works In Progress... 
9.  Labor History Web Sites 
<>Bureau of Labor Statistics 
<>H-Labor WWW Site 
<>Guide to 
Labor-Oriented Internet Resources 
Historical Information 
<>Canadian Committee on Labour 
History Home Page 
<>Welcome to the Center for 
Working-Class Studies Home Page 
<>Labour Movement 
Movement II 
<>Left History 
 Labor Sourc 
 Labor History 
<>The Global Labour Directory of 
<>Solidarity Network 
Jeff Haydu 
10.  Resources on European Monetary Union 
"For a set of useful links on EMU, including the text of the Maastricht 
Treaty as well as analysis, visit the LBO (Left Business Observer) web site," 
11.  New Bookbinding List 
Bookbinders and book restorers are welcomed to join the new 
bookbinding list: 
< URL: > 
This list is open to anyone with answers and questions about the art 
of bookbinding, with and emphasis on hand bookbinding. The topics 
welcomed on this list have to pertain to the historical, the 
technical, the esthetical aspects of the trade. Posters are 
encouraged to participate by sharing their knowledge in the art of 
Denis Gouey 
European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA) 
P.O. Box 19121, NL-1000 GC  Amsterdam, 
visiting address: Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
tel. +31 - 20 - 551 0839   fax  +31 - 20 - 620 4941 
12.  Rosenzweig's Boy Scouts of America resolution, revised (3/26/98) 
From: Mark Rosenzweig <iskra[at]> 
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]> 
Subject: Revised Boy Scout Resolution for Council's consieration 
Mime-Version: 1.0 
X-To: alacoun[at], member-forum[at] 
Dear fellow ALA Members and Councilors: 
What follows is the revised draft of my original Boy Scout resolution which 
has greatly benefitted from the input of Dr. Ruth Gordon,  a co-sponsor of 
the resolution. She has, as many of you know, a long history of work on 
this issue and this draft reflects her understanding, deep concern and 
knowledge of how to best craft a resolution of this type. It is 
considerablly shortened, less rhetorical and somewhat refocused in a manner 
which I hope will be more acceptable to ALSC and to all ALAers. 
I hope that those who support taking a stand on this issue find this 
resolution expresses clearly and precisely what we want to say and 
accomplish, and  does so in a way that is consistent with process and 
policy of the Association. 
Thank you in advance for your input and for the support of those who feel 
we should act on this matter with expediency and resolve. 
Mark C. Rosenzweig 
ALA Councilor at large 
Whereas,  ALA  has  a long relationship with the Boy Scouts of America 
(BSA), and 
Whereas, the BSA continues  to justify its exclusion of persons from 
membership on the basis of religious ideas and/or 
sexual orientation, and 
Whereas ALA Policy 9.5 specifically prohibits ALA or its divisions,round 
tables, etc.,  from having  formal relationships with organizations which 
violate ALA's principles and policies, 
Therefore, be it resolved that: 
The American Library Association hereby suspends relations with the Boy 
Scouts of America until such time as the BSA ends its exclusionary policy 
on the basis of a person's religious beliefs  or sexual orientation, and, 
Be it furthermore resolved: ALA Council strongly urges the Boy Scouts of 
America to change its  membership practices so that they demonstrate a 
commitment to rights of the individual, human rights and social justice: to 
be inclusive, tolerant, and consistently democratic,  and to so inform the 
Boy Scouts of America. 
13.  The Technorealism Manifesto 
I read in the latest The Nation magazine this technorealism manifesto. 
There's a story on it in wired, 
The manifesto itself, as printed in The Nation, from .... 
In this heady age of rapid technological change, we all struggle to 
maintain our bearings. The developments that unfold each day in 
communications and computing can be thrilling and disorienting. One 
understandable reaction is to wonder: Are these changes good or bad? Should 
we welcome or fear them? 
The answer is both. Technology is making life more convenient and 
enjoyable, and many of us healthier, wealthier, and wiser. But it is also 
affecting work, family, and the economy in unpredictable ways, introducing 
new forms of tension and distraction, and posing new threats to the 
cohesion of our physical communities. 
Despite the complicated and often contradictory implications of technology, 
the conventional wisdom is woefully simplistic. Pundits, politicians, and 
self-appointed visionaries do us a disservice when they try to reduce these 
complexities to breathless tales of either high-tech doom or cyber-elation. 
Such polarized thinking leads to dashed hopes and unnecessary anxiety, and 
prevents us from understanding our own culture. 
Over the past few years, even as the debate over technology has been 
dominated by the louder voices at the extremes, a new, more balanced 
consensus has quietly taken shape. This document seeks to articulate some 
of the shared beliefs behind that consensus, which we have come to call 
Technorealism demands that we think critically about the role that tools 
and interfaces play in human evolution and everyday life. Integral to this 
perspective is our understanding that the current tide of technological 
transformation, while important and powerful, is actually a continuation of 
waves of change that have taken place throughout history. Looking, for 
example, at the history of the automobile, television, or the telephone 
-- not just the devices but the institutions they became -- we see profound 
benefits as well as substantial costs. Similarly, we anticipate mixed 
blessings from today's emerging technologies, and expect to forever be on 
guard for unexpected consequences -- which must be addressed by thoughtful 
design and appropriate use. 
As technorealists, we seek to expand the fertile middle ground between 
techno-utopianism and neo-Luddism. We are technology "critics" in the same 
way, and for the same reasons, that others are food critics, art critics, 
or literary critics. We can be passionately optimistic about some 
technologies, skeptical and disdainful of others. Still, our goal is 
neither to champion nor dismiss technology, but rather to understand it and 
apply it in a manner more consistent with basic human values. 
 Below are some evolving basic principles that help explain technorealism. 
1. Technologies are not neutral. A great misconception of our time is the 
idea that technologies are completely free of bias -- that because they are 
inanimate artifacts, they don't promote certain kinds of behaviors over 
others. In truth, technologies come loaded with both intended and 
unintended social, political, and economic leanings. Every tool provides 
its users with a particular manner of seeing the world and specific ways of 
interacting with others. It is important for each of us to consider the 
biases of various technologies and to seek out those that reflect our 
values and aspirations. 
2. The Internet is revolutionary, but not Utopian. The Net is an 
extraordinary communications tool that provides a range of new 
opportunities for people, communities, businesses, and government. Yet as 
cyberspace becomes more populated, it increasingly resembles society at 
large, in all its complexity. For every empowering or enlightening aspect 
of the wired life, there will also be dimensions that are malicious, 
perverse, or rather ordinary. 
3. Government has an important role to play on the electronic frontier. 
Contrary to some claims, cyberspace is not formally a place or jurisdiction 
separate from Earth. While governments should respect the rules and customs 
that have arisen in cyberspace, and should not stifle this new world with 
inefficient regulation or censorship, it is foolish to say that the public 
has no sovereignty over what an errant citizen or fraudulent corporation 
does online. As the representative of the people and the guardian of 
democratic values, the state has the right and responsibility to help 
integrate cyberspace and conventional society. 
Technology standards and privacy issues, for example, are too important to 
be entrusted to the marketplace alone. Competing software firms have little 
interest in preserving the open standards that are essential to a fully 
functioning interactive network. Markets encourage innovation, but they do 
not necessarily insure the public interest. 
4. Information is not knowledge. All around us, information is moving 
faster and becoming cheaper to acquire, and the benefits are manifest. That 
said, the proliferation of data is also a serious challenge, requiring new 
measures of human discipline and skepticism. We must not confuse the thrill 
of acquiring or distributing information quickly with the more daunting 
task of converting it into knowledge and wisdom. Regardless of how advanced 
our computers become, we should never use them as a substitute for our own 
basic cognitive skills of awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment. 
5. Wiring the schools will not save them. The problems with America's 
public schools -- disparate funding, social promotion, bloated class size, 
crumbling infrastructure, lack of standards -- have almost nothing to do 
with technology. Consequently, no amount of technology will lead to the 
educational revolution prophesied by President Clinton and others. The art 
of teaching cannot be replicated by computers, the Net, or by "distance 
learning." These tools can, of course, augment an already high-quality 
educational experience. But to rely on them as any sort of panacea would be 
a costly mistake. 
6. Information wants to be protected.  It's true that cyberspace and other 
recent developments are challenging our copyright laws and frameworks for 
protecting intellectual property. The answer, though, is not to scrap 
existing statutes and principles. Instead, we must update old laws and 
interpretations so that information receives roughly the same protection it 
did in the context of old media. The goal is the same: to give authors 
sufficient control over their work so that they have an incentive to 
create, while maintaining the right of the public to make fair use of that 
information. In neither context does information want "to be free." Rather, 
it needs to be protected. 
7. The public owns the airwaves; the public should benefit from their use. 
The recent digital spectrum giveaway to broadcasters underscores the 
corrupt and inefficient misuse of public resources in the arena of 
technology. The citizenry should benefit and profit from the use of public 
frequencies, and should retain a portion of the spectrum for educational, 
cultural, and public access uses. We should demand more for private use of 
public property. 
8. Understanding technology should be an essential component of global 
citizenship.  In a world driven by the flow of information, the interfaces 
-- and the underlying code -- that make information visible are becoming 
enormously powerful social forces. Understanding their strengths and 
limitations, and even participating in the creation of better tools, should 
be an important part of being an involved citizen. These tools affect our 
lives as much as laws do, and we should subject them to a similar 
democratic scrutiny. 
14.  Story: Information Trumps Reality 
...From the newsletter NETFUTURE... 
Information Trumps Reality 
You may have seen the story awhile back, but I'll bet you passed over its 
significance.  Look again; what you're seeing in this little scenario is 
the perfect symbol of the Information Age: 
   A young woman hobbles painfully onto the college basketball court and 
   positions herself by her team's basket.  The whistle sounds, a teammate 
   throws her the ball, and -- while the opposing players stand and watch 
   -- she puts the ball through the hoop.  Then the young woman hobbles 
   back off the court and the other team shoots a basket, similarly 
   unopposed.  With the score now 2-2, the real game begins.  But the 
   young woman, whose college career-ending injury had left her one point 
   shy of the scoring record, now has her record.  Everyone feels 
   wonderful (with the possible exception of the previous record holder). 
There you see the mystical power of information.  The fact in the database 
takes precedence over the brilliant, real-life career supposedly being 
honored.  Of course, the career was actually being dishonored.  The 
supporters of the pre-game exercise said, in effect, "The young lady's 
career lacked its own intrinsic meaning and value.  None of us will 
sufficiently appreciate her without the additional two points in the 
database, however artificial and disconnected from her achievement they 
may be." 
The idea of it all is brutally clear:  manipulate a human life so as to 
produce a bit of stored information, which then becomes the basis for 
appreciating the life.  Information today less and less *derives* from 
real life; more and more it *defines* real life. 
The Net, of course, is the primary Kingdom of Information.  Many of its 
current policy debates can be seen as expressions of the following 
problem:  when our "presence" on the Net dissolves (as it tends to do) 
into decontextualized bits of information, what distortions affect the 
various recontextualizations that occur?  That is, how do our lives get 
The data harvester with a product to sell redefines us one way, the bank's 
loan department assessing our credit data redefines us another way, the 
politician analyzing survey data with an eye on the upcoming reelection 
redefines us yet another way, the security cracker looking for an opening, 
the lonely person looking for a conversation, the haranguer looking for a 
soap box ... each finds it all too natural to cultivate a reduced image of 
the human being on the other end of the channel. 
The same danger certainly occurs off the Net as well.  But there is no 
denying that the more thorough and easy the decontextualization -- and the 
Net is a veritable engine of decontextualization -- the more difficult it 
is to remain faithful to the real-life depth of persons and communities in 
our various reconstructions.  Information, fragmented though it be, takes 
on a life of its own. 
That is unfortunate, because information is not so much the beginning of 
understanding as the end of it.  Information is the last, abstracted 
residue of what once was living knowledge.  In the case of basketball, it 
is the reduction to mute number of moves to the hoop that only a poet, 
physiologist, mechanical engineer, sports analyst, and artist, combining 
their insights, could capture with any justice. 
15.  About the NETFUTURE newsletter 
NETFUTURE is a newsletter and forwarding service dealing with technology 
and human responsibility.  It is hosted by the UDT Core Programme of the 
International Federation of Library Associations.  Postings occur roughly 
once every week or two.  The editor is Steve Talbott, author of "The 
Future Does Not Compute: Transcending the Machines in Our Midst". 
You may redistribute this newsletter for noncommercial purposes.  You may 
also redistribute individual articles in their entirety, provided the 
NETFUTURE url and this paragraph are attached. 
Current and past issues of NETFUTURE are available on the Web:   (mirror site)        (mirror site) 
To subscribe to NETFUTURE, send an email message like this: 
    To: listserv[at] 
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No Subject: line is needed.  To unsubscribe, the second line shown above 
should read instead: 
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Send comments or material for publication to: 
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16.  The ICOLC document on purchase of electronic information by libraries 
X-Sender: terry.kuny[at] 
Mime-Version: 1.0 
Approved-By:  Terry Kuny <Terry.Kuny[at]XIST.COM> 
Date:         Fri, 27 Mar 1998 11:56:17 -0500 
Reply-To: International Federation of Library Associations mailing list 
Sender: International Federation of Library Associations mailing list 
From: Terry Kuny <Terry.Kuny[at]> 
Subject:      [FYI] ICOLC Statement on Library Purchasing of Electronic 
Comments: To: PACS-L[at]LISTSERV.UH.EDU, web4lib[at], 
          bibcanlib-l[at], lita-l[at], 
          ASIS-L[at], DIGLIB Mailing List <diglib[at]> 
Hello all, 
I think this is a very *important* document for the library 
community to take notice of. 
I see the ICOLC document as an overdue response from the library 
community to publishers and policy-makers who have been 
working to shape a very particular vision of the electronic 
To help frame what will undoubtably be an interesting debate, 
I think it is valuable for librarians to read the 
International Publishers Association "Position Paper on Libraries, 
Copyright and the Electronic Environment" (22 April 1996). 
The IPA statement can be found at: 
Reading the two documents side-by-side is an interesting and 
illustrative exercise which pretty much draws all the important 
lines in the sand. Enjoy! ;-) 
For further information about this statement, contact: 
Arnold Hirshon, Vice Provost for Information Resources, Lehigh 
Bethlehem PA. Phone: 610/758-3025.   Email: arh5[at]   Fax: 
For further information about ICOLC, contact: 
Tom Sanville, Executive Director, OhioLINK. Columbus, OH. Phone: 
614-728-3600, ext. 322. Email: tom[at]   Fax: 614-728-3610 
The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) announced today 
the release of its "Statement of Current Perspective and Preferred Practices 
for the Selection and Purchase of Electronic Information." The Statement 
establishes for the first time an international perspective on consortial 
licensing and purchasing of electronic information by libraries. 
The document addresses current and future electronic information 
environment issues such as the increasing expectations of library users in a 
stable funding environment, fair use, archiving of information, pricing 
strategies, and electronic information delivery metrics. The preferred 
practices section covers contract negotiations, pricing, data access and 
archiving, system platforms, licensing terms, information content and its 
management, and user authentication. 
The explosion in electronic licensing, the wide variance in publisher 
practices, rapidly escalating prices, and a concern about the reduction in 
the number of independent scholarly information providers all served as the 
impetus for the statement. The Statement calls for developing multiple 
pricing models, separating charges for electronic licenses from those of 
paper subscriptions, and lowering the cost for the electronic information 
below that of print subscriptions. ICOLC expresses its concern over the 
growing practice of publishers that levy initial surcharges on electronic 
information, which is compounded by significant multi-year inflation 
surcharges and prohibitions against libraries canceling print versions of 
journal titles. As a result, while libraries may receive access to a larger 
array of titles by paying the "print price plus electronic subscription cost 
plus inflation," the total base price for electronic access over the print 
subscription could increase by 40% or more within as little as three or four 
Arnold Hirshon, vice provost for information resources at Lehigh 
University, executive committee chair of the Pennsylvania Academic Library 
Connection Initiative, and one of the authors of the Statement noted that 
"the 'print price plus' cost model simply is not economically sustainable 
for academic libraries.  We must develop alternative pricing structures 
before the current pricing practices become the norm."  While recognizing 
that publishers should be able to recover reasonable costs, the Statement 
asserts that publishers cannot expect libraries to bear all development 
costs today for incomplete product features and unstable systems. 
ICOLC seeks new economic models that reduce the unit cost of information 
while enabling the lowest possible cost-per-access to a journal title or 
article. "We see a potential for dramatic shifts in pricing, with publishers 
and libraries working together to break the current cycle in which libraries 
each year spend more on serials but are able to buy fewer of them," said Tom 
Sanville, executive director of OhioLINK and ICOLC convener. 
The ICOLC intends for the statement to be an olive branch to the publishing 
community. Ann Okerson, associate university librarian at Yale University 
and coordinator of the NorthEast Research Libraries consortium (NERL), says 
"through the ICOLC we want to begin discussions with the publishing 
community to advance the use and availability of electronic information 
resources in educational and research institutions." Elmar Mittler, Library 
Director, Niedersaechsische Staats- und UniversitSigmatsbibliothek Goettingen, 
adds that "the ICOLC represents a combined membership of over 5,000 
libraries worldwide, which makes it an effective forum to work with 
information providers to find common ground." 
David Kohl, dean of libraries at the University of Cincinnati and a 
statement author, stresses that the Statement is about more than just money. 
"We are as concerned the quality of the content provided and the ability to 
archive that content to guarantee future availability as we are about the 
cost of purchasing that information today." 
The statement is endorsed by consortial representatives in Australia, 
Canada, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United 
States, with additional endorsements anticipated from other nations. 
Inspired by a previously developed statement of electronic information 
principles by a group of Dutch and German universities in 1997, Hirshon 
approached that group on behalf of the ICOLC to seek European cooperation on 
the Statement.  Hirshon attended a meeting in The Hague in February with 
representatives from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany. 
"We developed an instant rapport and common views," said Fred Friend, 
Director, Scholarly Communication, University College London. Hans 
Geleijnse, university librarian, Tilburg University, added "Scholarly 
publishing increasingly is a global enterprise, and the strength of 
libraries increases by working globally through consortia to establish 
mutual positions." John Gilbert, head librarian, Universiteit Maastricht, 
observed that "academic librarians around the world share the same interest 
in providing the maximum amount of information to our faculty and students 
at the lowest possible cost." 
The complete Statement can be found at: 
Further information about the ICOLC can be found at: 
        Arnold Hirshon, Vice Provost for Information Resources, Lehigh 
Bethlehem PA, and Chair, Executive Committee, Pennsylvania Academic Library 
Connection Initiative. Phone: 610/758-3025. Email: arh5[at] 
Fax: 610/758-3004 
        Tom Sanville, Executive Director, OhioLINK. Columbus, OH, and 
Convener, ICOLC.   Phone: 614-728-3600, ext. 322. Email: tom[at] 
Fax: 614-728-3610 
        Ann Okerson, Associate University Librarian, Yale University, New 
CT, and Coordinator of the NorthEast Research Libraries consortium (NERL). 
Phone: 203/432-1764. Email: ann.okerson[at]    Fax: 203/432-8527 
        David Kohl, Dean, University Libraries, University of Cincinnati, and 
Member, OhioLINK Library Advisory Council Coordinating Committee. 
Phone: 513/556-1515.   Email: david.kohl[at]     Fax: 513/556-0325 
The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) is an informal 
organization that began meeting in 1997. Comprising about sixty library 
consortia in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, 
Germany, Israel, and Australia, the Coalition represents over 5,000 member 
libraries worldwide. The Coalition serves primarily higher education 
institutions by facilitating discussion among its members on issues of 
common interest. ICOLC conducts meetings to keep its members informed about 
new electronic information resources, pricing practices of electronic 
providers and vendors, and other issues of importance to consortium 
directors and their governing boards. These meetings also provide a forum 
for consortial representatives to meet with the information provider 
community, discuss their products, and engage in a dialog with Coalition 
members about issues of mutual concern. The ICOLC also maintains listservs 
and web pages for the benefit of its members. Alex Klugkist, chairman, Dutch 
University Library Association, and university librarian, Groningen 
University notes that "the ICOLC has become a highly effective forum to 
coordinate academic library efforts internationally." 
Further information about the ICOLC can be found at 
This statement was adopted in principle by member representatives 
of the "International Coalition of Library Consortia" (ICOLC) whose 
are listed below. This statement does not necessarily represent the official 
views of each consortium listed. Consortia listed are in the United States 
unless otherwise noted. 
Adventist Libraries Information Cooperative (ALICE); AMIGOS 
Bibliographic Council, Inc.; Arizona Universities Library Consortium 
(AULC); Big Twelve 
Plus Library Consortium; Boston Library Consortium (BLC); British Columbia 
Electronic Library Network [Canada]; California Digital Library (CDL); 
California State University - Software and Electronic Information Resources 
(CSU-SEIR); Center for Digital Information Services [Israel]; Colorado 
Alliance of Research Libraries; Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) 
Center for Library Initiatives; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial 
Research Organization (CSIRO) [Australia]; Consortium of University Research 
Libraries (CURL) [United Kingdom]; Council of Australian University 
Libraries (CAUL) [Australia]; Council of Prairie and Pacific University 
Libraries (COPPUL); Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA) and the 
Florida State University System Library Directors; Gemeinsamer 
BibliotheksVerbund (GBV) [Germany]; Illinois Cooperative Collection 
Management Program; Illinois Libraries Computer Systems Organization 
(ILCSO); Israel Inter-University Library Network; Louisiana Library Network 
(LLN); MINITEX Library Information Network (Minnesota, North Dakota, South 
Dakota); Missouri Research Consortium of Libraries (MIRACL); Missouri 
Research and Education Network (MOREnet); OhioLINK; Netherlands Association 
of University Libraries, Royal Library, and Library of the Royal; Academy of 
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        Alex Klugkist, Chairman, Dutch University Library Association, and 
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Phone: +31 (0)50 363 50 02/3   Email: a.c.klugkist[at] Fax: +31 (0)50 
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