Library Juice 2:9 - March 3, 1999

1. Howard Besser's testimony on Fair Use and Distance Education 
2. Two reports from the ALA midwinter conference 
3. Burwell World Directory of Information Brokers 
4. The Womens Presses Library Project 
5. News stories in the March 1 American Libraries Online (ad) 
7. Public Agenda Online 
8. Extention of entry date for 1999 ALA Diversity Fair 
9. Website to help librarians with Spanish-language outreach 
10. Oyeme!  Bilingual (Spanish/English) web index and portal 
11. Internet resources for the environment, Spanish and English 
12. BiD: textos universitaris de biblioteconomia i documentacio 
13. Lineamientos para el analisis de terminos en bibliotecologia 
15. Sanford Berman's appeal to colleagues, some background 
16. Mitch Freedman's appeal to colleagues for Sanford Berman 
17. Bibliographic record to 1995 festchrift for Sanford Berman 
18. New alternative bibliographic resource (book) 
Quote for the week: 
"Hennepin (County Library) is in the process of shutting down the unique, 
progressive, socially sensitive and, most importantly, user-oriented 
cataloging that Sandy (Berman) has been doing since 1973.  Hennepin is 
building up a case to fire him for speaking against automatic acceptance 
of LC names, and probably in the not-too-distant future, ditto on the LC 
subject headings and the overall LC cataloging record." 
- Councilor Maurice Freedman. (See items 15 & 16 below.) 
1. Howard Besser's testimony on Fair Use and Distance Education 
Howard Besser's recent testimony before the Copyright Office on fair use 
and copyright in the distance education setting.  This is the cutting edge 
of an issue that could affect us significantly. 
2. Two reports from the ALA midwinter conference 
Reports from ALA midwinter by Councilor Mitch Freedman and Chuck Munson, 
both originally sent to librarians[at], can now be found on the web at 
the Bookzen Social Responsibilities Bulletin Board.  URL for the Reports is: 
Bookzen is a "free book information library" where "authors and publishers 
now present how books are presented to librarians and readers around the 
3. Burwell World Directory of Information Brokers - 
        Includes nearly 1800 information brokers from around 
        the world. It is considered the world's most 
        comprehensive guide to independent information experts 
        and document retrieval firms in over 50 countries. See 
        also the Members Directory of the Association of 
        Independent Information Professionals (AIIP). - cl 
        Subjects: librarians 
LIIWeek Information - 
4. The Womens Presses Library Project 
>From the website: 
The Womens Presses Library Project, a coalition of women-owned independent 
presses, began its official work September, 1994. 
These presses produce books that address a range of subjects and concerns 
for women and girls not regularly dealt with by the 
mainstream houses. We have joined together in an effort to increase the 
visibility of their titles in libraries throughout the United 
States and Canada. In 1998, we represent 30 presses and close to 400 titles 
in 80+ subject areas. 
5. News stories in the March 1 American Libraries Online (ad) 
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 08:58:16 -0600 
From: "Lois Ann Gregory-Wood" <lgregory[at]> 
To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]> 
Subject: News stories appearing in the March 1 American Libraries Online 
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News stories appearing in the March 1 American Libraries Online 
*  Jersey City Issues New RFP for Management Services 
*  Workers at British Library Set to Strike 
*  Michigan State Protestors Take Library Books Hostage 
*  California Readies the Ultimate Multitype 
*  Arrest Warrant Issued for Missing Librarian 
*  Legislative Analyst Opposes San Jose Joint-Use Library 
*  Philadelphia Councilman Calls for Review of Library's Videos 
*  Seattle Schools Gain Books But Lose Librarians 
*  Savannah Struggles with Branch Closings, Job Cuts 
*  British Culture Secretary Opposes Plan to Close Libraries 
*  Patron Chases Librarian Away for Interrupting Cyberporn Session 
*  OCLC, PAIS Negotiate Merger 
*  Montana Districting Legislation Fails 
*  NCES Releases U.S. Public Library Statistics 
American Libraries' Web site also features the latest "Internet 
Librarian" columns by Karen Schneider; AL's "Career Leads" job ads; 
listings of conferences, continuing-education courses, exhibitions, 
and other events from AL's "Datebook"; and Tables of Contents for 
current year. 
Lois Ann Gregory-Wood 
Council Secretariat 
American Library Association 
50 E. Huron Street 
Chicago, IL 60611 
1-800/545-2433, Ext. 3204 
312/944-3897 (fax) 
Date sent:      	Thu, 25 Feb 1999 14:38:20 -0500 (EST) 
From:           	jherrada <jherrada[at]> 
To:             	librarians[at] 
Subject:        	STRIKE AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY (fwd) 
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Date: Wed, 24 Feb 99 15:08:10 PST 
From: Linda West <BL.LGW[at]RLG.ORG> 
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To: rlgmem-l[at] 
This notice is being posted to RLG members at the request of David 
Bradbury, Director General, Collections and Services at the British 
-------Notice received from David Bradbury Feb. 24, 1999-------------- 
I wonder if you can help the British Library to make known in North 
America that all its St Pancras reading rooms will be closed for at 
least the week beginning Monday 1 March.  We have been hit by strike 
action by one of our Trades Unions. 
Full details are accessible through out Website - - under 
"Reading Room closures - industrial action". 
Any way in which RLG members can help get this message to North 
American academics and researchers who may be planning visits to London 
next week would be greatly appreciated. 
So is this a really subtle call for solidarity or what? What does this 
tell us about the BL managers? Are they trying to keep people 
away in case they talk to the folk on strike and find out what its all 
about? Whats the crack, anyone? 
7. Public Agenda Online 
Public Agenda, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization devoted to 
public opinion, policy analysis, and citizen education, has recently 
relaunched its Website. Public Agenda Online provides eighteen issue guides 
that cover topics such as crime, education, environment, immigration, 
social security, and welfare. Each issue guide contains an overview of the 
issue, a news digest of recent stories, background data, various 
perspectives on the issue, resources for more information, and analyses of 
related public opinion drawn from major public opinion polls. The site also 
posts highlights of research reports, presents "critiques on the current 
state of polling," and offers a weekly email alert service, Public Agenda 
Alert, which shares the latest in public opinion and public policy 
research. [AO] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999. 
8. Extention of entry date for 1999 ALA Diversity Fair 
The 1999 Diversity Entry date has been extended to March 15th to allow 
for more entries. Here's your chance to allow your programs to serve 
as models for other library communities. 
If you are receiving this message you more than likely provide one or 
more important services and programs to traditionally underserved 
library users in the following diverse categories: 
New and Non-readers 
People geographically isolated 
People with disabilities 
Rural and urban poor people 
Children, youth and families 
and People discriminated against due to: 
-race, ethnicity and language 
-sexual orientation 
-social class 
At the well-attended 1998 Diversity Fair there were numerous ideas 
and opportunities for networking shared in a festive atmosphere. These 
programs may be viewed at the Diversity Fair Notebook site at 
Don't let the March 15th date pass without making sure your program 
is recognized. 
DATE:  Saturday, June 26th at ALA Annual Conference 
TIME: 3:00 to 5:00 PM 
LOCATION: New Orleans Convention Center 
CITY: New Orleans, LA 
For details and forms go to: 
Satia Marshall Orange 
Director, Office for Literacy & Outreach Services 
American Library Association 
50 East Huron Street 
Chicago, IL 60611 
800-545-2433 #4295/312-280-4295 
9. Website to help librarians with Spanish-language outreach and services 
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Date: Sun, 14 Feb 1999 05:23:05 -0800 
From: Bruce Jensen <flaco98[at]> 
To: cdodge[at] 
Subject: A new website, and a question . . . 
Greetings, Chris-- 
I want to let you know about a website designed to help librarians w/ 
Spanish-language outreach & patron services.  It's currently at    (though the word now is 
our lib. coop will soon accommodate the site on its server . . . that'll 
eliminate the pop-up ads).  Any feedback, or help getting the word out, 
will be greatly appreciated. 
Bruce Jensen 
Portland, Oregon 
10. Oyeme!  Bilingual (Spanish/English) Latino web index and portal 
A searchable index and portal whose resources 
are firmly focused on the Latino community of 
the United States and Latin-America.  Oyeme! 
offers a bilingual (Spanish/English) directory 
and search engine, which yields results in 
English and Spanish. 
Submitted by: 
Robert J. Tiess 
ResPool - 
11. Internet resources for the environment, Spanish and English 
At 12:54 AM 3/3/99 +0100, cmbrugarolas wrote: 
>     Hi, my name is Carmen, I„m from Spain and I need help. 
>      Can anyone tell me where I can find information about resources in 
> internet of ecology or environmental, will be interest in spanish, but 
> doesn„t mind in english. 
>     Sorry for my english, is very bad. 
> thank„s. Carmen. 
Shirl Kennedy: 
Here are some that I found. 
Ecoforo - el foro del medio ambiente 
International Environmental Resources by Country - George Washington University 
European Conference on the Environment (server apparently was down Tuesday 
night EST) 
Terrabit ("The Centre of Environmental Information Studies is an education and 
dissemination point for environmental point in Spain."): 
Ministerio de Medio Ambiente:  Government site 
Departament de Medi Ambient/Generalitat de Catalunya:  Includes a page of 
"Links ambientals" 
Amigos de la Tierra ("...member of the international Friends of the Earth.): 
Spanish only 
Talking About Development (...interview series where different professionals, 
politicians, grassroots activists, and others, talk about what is development 
and how their work fits in with the larger social, political, and economic 
framework of the world we live in...):  Appears to be in both English and 
Beologic.Com ("an ecological society based in Latin America."): English, 
Spanish and Portuguese 
Pagina Ecologica ("The University of Santa Maria La Antigua focuses on 
ecological information and efforts in Panama."):Spanish only 
European Environmental Agency:  Many documents here "in multiple languages" 
Environment in Latin America:  Actually a large, organized collection of 
pointers -- some in Spanish, most in English. 
Environmental Studies - St. John's University:  Another large collection of 
resources in 24 subject areas -- looks like all in English. 
Portugal and the Environment (en Portuges) 
Environmental Journalism Home Page - Subject Links:  Good collection of links, 
looks like English only. 
Hope at least some of these are helpful to you. 
Shirl Kennedy 
Web Doyenne 
City of Clearwater/Clearwater Public Library System 
" when these guys started banging on 
my door at 2am and yelled out 'Alcohol, 
Tobacco and Firearms', I thought they were 
just making a delivery."  J.K. Abaton 
ResPool - 
12. BiD: textos universitaris de biblioteconomia i documentacio 
Vance Bell wrote: 
From: vbell[at] (Vance Bell) 
Subject: BiD: textos universitaris de biblioteconomia i documentacio 
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 11:48:39 -0500 (EST) 
BiD: textos universitaris de biblioteconomia i documentacio 
This new library and information science electronic journal is 
available on the Web 
The journal is published by the 'Escola Universitaria de 
Biblioteconomia i Documentacio', the oldest library science 
school in Spain (more than 80 years old). 
The journal accept articles in english, french, spanish and 
catalan,and  it's open to any collaboration. You can send 
your suggestions to bid[at] 
We are now working in the second issue of BiD, 
and any comments and criticism on this first issue of _BiD_ 
will be welcome. 
Thank you, 
Cristobal Urbano 
Editorial commite of BiD (bid[at] 
Escola Universitaria de Biblioteconomia i Documentacio 
Universitat de Barcelona 
Ernest Abadal 
Email: bid[at] 
13. Lineamientos para el analisis de terminos en bibliotecologia 
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Subject:      CUIB New publication 
The University Center for Library Science Research (CUIB) of the National 
University Autonomous of Mexico, takes pleasure to announce its new 
Lineamientos para el analisis de terminos en bibliotecologia 
Torres Vargas, Georgina Araceli 
Serie: Monografias 26 
1998, 96 paginas. 
$14.00 U.S. Dlls. 
Los analisis terminologicos contribuyen a una mejor interaccion verbal y 
escrita en el interior de la bibliotecologia y a una optima comunicacion 
interdisciplinaria. Por tal razon, en esta obra se formula una propuesta 
metodologica para la realizacion de estudios terminologicos sistematicos, 
que permita analizar la terminologia bibliotecologica en sus multiples 
Si bien los lineamientos seŅalados pueden ser utiles para el analisis de 
cualquier grupo de terminos en bibliotecologia, en esta obra se muestra su 
validez a partir del estudio de los terminos relativos a las tecnologias de 
la informacion. A traves de este grupo, se explicitan las pautas para la 
conformacion de un corpus y la elaboraciŪn del analisis semantico y 
conceptual de los terminos que lo conforman. 
Como parte de la metodologia propuesta, se presentan tambien categorias que 
permiten organizar y establecer las relaciones logico-conceptuales entre 
los terminos. 
Se espera que este estudio pueda servir como punto de referencia para la 
realizacion y promocion de investigaciones terminologicas en la disciplina, 
preferentemente realizadas de manera colectiva, a fin de posibilitar un 
mayor conocimiento de nuestro lenguaje especializado y con ello apoyar la 
conformacion de productos terminologicos en el area, tales como 
diccionarios y tesauros, entre otros. 
For further information. please contact: 
Minelia Morales Barrios 
PromociŪn y DistribuciŪn 
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BibliotecolŪgicas, UNAM 
Torre II de Humanidades Piso 12 C.U., C.P.04510, Mexico, D.F. 
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14. is on the take has been accepting payments from publishers of up to $10,000 to 
have books featured and  reviewed on its website under the headings 
"Destined for Greatness" and "What We're Reading". Faced with public 
criticism for not disclosing the ongoing payments from publishers, Amazon 
found some resourceful responses. Vice-president Mary Morouse opposed 
labeling purchased reviews because of the often overlooked "neatness" 
issue: "I think it would be more distracting to have a book tagged," she 
said. "I think that would clutter it up." Next, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos 
argued his company was "pioneering a new medium that shouldn't be held up 
to the same standards" as book reviewers in magazines who strive for 
"independence from advertising concerns." (After all, who can meet those 
high standards?) Then he added the real kicker: "We're a buying 
co-operative. If we can lower costs by collecting co-op advertising money, 
that can lead to lower prices."  Publishers buy reviews and we get lower 
prices.  It's win-win. See why stock keeps rising?  (WSJ 
2/9/99, NYT 2/8/99) 
From: Wayne Grytting  <wgrytt[at]> 
Email: lamp[at]   -   Website: 
Spanning the Globe to: ORGANIZE  -  AGITATE  -  EDUCATE  -  INSPIRE 
Mike Alewitz, Artistic Director 
15. Sanford Berman's appeal to colleagues, some background 
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 10:31:21 -0600 (CST) 
From: Sandy Berman <sberman[at]> 
To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]> 
cc: srrtac-l[at] 
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LIBRARY!  These appear to be outlandish statements, the sort of 
wildly-fabricated headlines that have become hallmarks for "The Onion," a 
satirical tabloid. Except that they're true...  Since a request for 
rescinding a reprimand issued to me on 2-8-99 has been denied, I now want 
it withdrawn with an apology for false accusation and wrongful 
discipline--plus firm guarantees that staff can freely address 
professional and policy issues without fear of reprisal...  I'm appealing 
to members of the ALA Council and SRRT Action Council for help since I've 
been unable to secure justice by "following the rules" where I work.  Want 
details? Let me have your mailing address, or write or call me at home: 
4400 Morningside Road, Edina, MN 55416; 612-925-5738...  With heartfelt 
thanks in advance for your assistance & support... sandy berman 
        Sanford Berman             sberman[at] 
        Hennepin County Library    phone: 612-694-8570 
        12601 Ridgedale Drive        fax: 612-541-8600 
        Minnetonka, MN  55305 
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]> 
Subject: Hennepin County Library Becomes OCLC Member (fwd) 
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this doesn't sound like sandy is in trouble. what's up? 
A. Ralph Papakhian, Indiana University Music Library 
Bloomington, IN 47405 812/855-2970 papakhi[at] 
co-owner: MLA-L[at] 
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Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 14:39:42 -0500 
From: "Makssour,Marifay" <makssoum[at]OCLC.ORG> 
Subject: Hennepin County Library Becomes OCLC Member 
Nita Dean +1-614-761-5002 
DUBLIN, Ohio, March 1, 1999--The Hennepin County Library, known for its 
commitment to advancement in the field of subject headings, has become an 
OCLC member. 
For years, the Minnetonka, Minnesota, library has been a leader in this 
field, particularly among public libraries, and Hennepin is now, because of 
its extensive subject heading listings, often described as the envy of many 
in the library community. 
Much of the library's success can be attributed to Sanford Berman, the 
esteemed head cataloger at the Hennepin County Library.  Throughout his more 
than 30-year career--with 25 years spent at Hennepin--Mr. Berman worked to 
expand and transform the Library of Congress (LC) standardized subject 
headings.  His efforts have helped to eliminate many biased and racist 
headings from LC's subject headings, and to build the Hennepin County 
Library into what it represents today. 
MINITEX, the OCLC-affiliated U.S. regional network that provides services to 
libraries in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, is pleased with the 
library's decision to join OCLC. 
"Hennepin County's joining OCLC will enhance resource sharing throughout the 
three-state region and will add to the MINITEX database of bibliographic 
records in OCLC," said William DeJohn, director, MINITEX Library Information 
Network.  "Having Hennepin County Library in OCLC will greatly assist 
library staffs as well as library users to know what they hold in their 
collections.  We're particularly pleased by OCLC's efforts to support the 
existing collaboration between Hennepin County and NoveList, which will 
benefit other OCLC members by making Hennepin's subject headings available 
for use." 
Hennepin County's use rate is one of the highest in the country, with the 
number of visits to its libraries totaling more than 4.5 million, and the 
number of books and other materials borrowed at more than 10 million.  The 
public library system serves 700,000-plus suburban Minneapolis residents 
through three area libraries, 23 community libraries, one Readmobile and 
outreach services.  Three Hennepin County Library staff members--Mr. Berman, 
Charles M. Brown, library director, and Gretchen Wronka, youth services 
coordinator--currently serve on the American Library Association's 
175-member governing council. 
Elizabeth Feinberg, manager, Collection and Bibliographic Services for 
Hennepin County Library, cites a changing environment and the desire to 
share Hennepin's unique approach as the impetus for joining OCLC. 
"The time was right for this collaboration, and we are all very excited 
about the opportunities that this new relationship with OCLC will bring 
about for us at Hennepin County, and for the rest of the library community," 
she said. 
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a 
nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization 
whose computer network and services link more than 33,000 libraries in 67 
countries and territories.  OCLC is dedicated to the public purposes of 
furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs. 
In the United States, more information is available via telephone 
(+1-614-764-6000 or 1-800-848-5878) or via e-mail (oclc[at]  In 
Europe, the Middle East and Africa, contact the OCLC Europe office, located 
in Birmingham, United Kingdom (+44 121 456 4656).  In Asia and the Pacific 
region, contact the OCLC Asia Pacific office in Dublin, Ohio (phone: 
+1-614-764-6189 or fax:  +1-614-764-4331).  In Canada, contact the OCLC 
Canada office in Montreal, Quebec (+1-450-658-6583 or 1-888-658-6583).  In 
Latin America and the Caribbean, contact the OCLC Latin America and the 
Caribbean office in Dublin, Ohio (phone:  +1-614-761-5196 or fax: 
More information about OCLC, its affiliated U.S. regional networks, 
international divisions and distributors is available on the OCLC Web site 
<>.  (JI/ND) 
Date: Mon, 01 Mar 1999 15:43:22 -0600 
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]> 
From: Kim Edson <kedson[at]> 
Subject: Re: Hennepin County Library Becomes OCLC Member (fwd) 
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Well, if you receive additional documentation, you will see that HCL 
restricted him from making revisions to this documents (revisions that were 
requested of him by OCLC).  Further, HCL would not entertain his wish to 
have references to his name removed given that his revisions were ignored 
and that he did not wish to have inaccurate information associated with his 
Most importantly, however, is that the revisions he suggested were 
supportive, useful revisions that helped clarify cataloging efforts at HCL 
and in no way were they suggestions that indicated lack of support for the 
OCLC program. 
Sandy, do you wish to add more. 
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 07:44:42 -0600 (CST) 
From: Sandy Berman <sberman[at]> 
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]> 
Subject: Re: Hennepin County Library Becomes OCLC Member (fwd) 
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Ralph & Everyone: "Sandy" was askeds by the OCLC NEWSLETTER about 2 nweeks 
ago to approve or correct the text of an article on HCL's OCLC membership 
slated for the Jan./Feb. issue. I submitted a number of corrections & 
additions, solely to the passages dealing with me and cataloging, in order 
to make the report fuller & more accurate. Those recommended changes were 
ignored by order of my immediate supervisor, who NEVER consulted mwith me 
on the matter. A case, I think, of rank & arrogant censorship. In short, 
my name & reputation I believe are being (ab)used for purposes that 
actually contradict what we have achieved in nearly 30 years of cataloging 
innovation & reform. One stated reason--incredible as it may appear--is 
"globalization." We need to stop being a "small town library" & go global 
by conforming to often irrevelant & dysfunctional "standards." Aaaahh.... 
        Sanford Berman             sberman[at] 
        Hennepin County Library    phone: 612-694-8570 
        12601 Ridgedale Drive        fax: 612-541-8600 
        Minnetonka, MN  55305 
16. Mitch Freedman's appeal to Colleagues for Sanford Berman 
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 13:11:43 -0500 
From: "Maurice J. Freedman" <freedman[at]> 
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To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]> 
CC: sdimattia[at] 
Subject: Sandy Berman, the Hennepin County Library & OCLC 
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To Whom It May Concern: 
The following statement is in response to two occurrences: 
1. A very public statement and documents publicly distributed by Sandy 
Berman, Head Cataloger at the Hennepin County Library, that indicated 
how he was being 'reprimanded' for expressing his professional views. 
Sandy believes that he is on a disciplinary path that seems headed 
toward termination.  It is hard to conclude otherwise from the 
documentation.  (Anyone interested in viewing the documents should 
contact Sandy directly.  His e-mail address is listed above.) 
Based on statements made to Mr. Berman and others by HCL management, 
Sandy believes that the Hennepin County Library is in the process of 
ending Hennepin's innovative cataloging policies of enhancing, altering 
and otherwise upgrading LC/MARC records--certainly from the perspective 
of library users and information desk staff. 
2. HCL has decided to join OCLC.  OCLC issued a press release that 
announced Hennepin's decision and extolled the value of  HCL's catalog 
records, particularly the subject cataloging, and Sandy Berman.  (Note: 
Among other awards and recognition, Sandy won the highest award ALA has 
for catalogers, the Margaret Mann Citation, for the work he has done.) 
The occasion for the following statement was the juxtaposition of 
Sandy's very public response to what was happening to him at Hennepin, 
and the glowing compliments by the OCLC press release (see below).   On 
a listserv where some discussion of Sandy's plight was already being 
discussed, a question was asked, 'how can Sandy be in trouble at the 
same time he is being so highly praised?' 
The following statement is a revised version of the original response I 
sent to that e-mail question.  My discussion also includes business 
considerations based on information supplied to me by Sandy and 
assumptions--clearly labeled as such--that bear on the overall 
"This is a scream. 
"Hennepin is in the process of shutting down the unique, progressive, 
socially sensitive and, most importantly, user-oriented cataloging that 
Sandy has been doing since 1973.  Hennepin is building up a case to fire 
him for speaking against automatic acceptance of LC names, and probably 
in the not-too-distant future, ditto on the LC subject headings and the 
overall LC cataloging record. 
"This advocacy and the operational implementation of it in Hennepin's 
catalog is precisely what got Hennepin the acclaim it so richly has 
deserved and the OCLC press release proclaims.  And it is precisely this 
advocacy--a letter Sandy wrote to another Twin Cities professional--that 
is being used to discipline and threaten him for exercising his 
professional responsibilities, namely, advocating what he thinks is most 
professionally sound. 
"Typically, such lockstep adherence to LC in the context of membership 
in OCLC is the foundation for lowering cataloging costs, and replacing 
librarian catalogers with paraprofessionals to do so-called 
'copy-cataloging'.  In this context it would be hard to see any 
long-term objective other than this on Hennepin's part. 
"The irony and dishonesty of such an approach here by Hennepin is that 
Hennepin will have to save a lot of money because of all of the money it 
would lose by such a decision.  NoveList, according to Sandy, is paying 
Hennepin between $80,000 and $100,000 per year in royalties for the 
cataloging that comes out of Sandy's department.  The alleged 
cost-savings from de-professionalizing cataloging will eliminate the 
royalties either immediately or over time, and may never equal the 
royalty income Hennepin receives today and that will be lost 
eventually.  (The last statement is speculative, but it is based on 
library practices once the implications of OCLC membership were 
appreciated by cost-cutting administrators.) 
"And presumably, the business decision by Hennepin to turn over its 
demonstrably valuable database to OCLC so that OCLC can sell it to every 
library hungry for good cataloging, boggles the mind.  OCLC will make 
the money and, presumably, give NOTHING to Hennepin for its records 
being used, i.e. no royalties. 
"And I don't know if it's true in this case, but the standard process 
for a library joining OCLC is for that library to pay OCLC to load its 
file of catalog records. 
"So, Hennepin, in all probability, is paying OCLC to take its valuable 
database and thus permit OCLC to sell it over and over again for further 
revenue.  At the same time Hennepin seems to be planning to kill the 
goose that laid the golden egg of royalty revenues by removing what was 
unique about Hennepin's cataloging. 
"All of which is why all of this applause about OCLC's loading 
Hennepin's records is a scream. 
"Whoever is in charge of OCLC, if he or she thinks this through clearly, 
will tell the people at Hennepin to leave Sandy alone and encourage him 
to stay at Hennepin forever.  OCLC will have a stream of cataloging 
records that will uniquely enrich its database and which OCLC can 
repackage and resell at will, not just to NoveList but  to every 
commercial vendor in the country.  (I am not privy to OCLC's intentions, 
plans, or how it redistributes records under its control, but, again, 
the previous statement reflects what could be a profitable business 
decision on OCLC's part.) 
"Of course, all of the foregoing presumes that if OCLC loads Hennepin's 
records, OCLC will make Hennepin's records available for its customer 
libraries to copy.  Presumably OCLC would not match the Hennepin records 
against LC/MARC records and simply attach HCL's holding to the LC/MARC 
record.  In the latter case Hennepin's valuable cataloging will 
disappear from view and use by OCLC catalogers.  This latter alternative 
wouldn't be consistent with the hosannas and praise OCLC lavished on the 
Hennepin database.  But since one is not privy to OCLC's 
decision-making, one can only presume. 
"Despite the exultant tones of the press release, OCLC--if Hennepin's 
management continues on what appears to be its current course--will find 
that its valuable acquisition will steadily lose its value as the 
slavishly-adhered to LC cataloging comes out of a Berman-less catalog 
"And library users, everywhere, will suffer, too." 
"I will state my personal interest.  I am a close friend of Sandy's.  I 
hired Sandy to work at Hennepin in 1973 when I was head of technical 
services at HCL (1969-1974).  Wholly aside from the blatant stupidity 
and malice underlying Hennepin's treatment of Sandy and the overall 
direction in which Hennepin's management seems to be taking cataloging, 
I take it personally that Hennepin is destroying the policy that I 
established as head of technical services at Hennepin County Library 
(and to his eternal credit, Bob Rohlf, the director of Hennepin at the 
time, approved and sustained long after I was gone and until Bob's 
retirement a few years ago.) 
"Lastly, Sandy recommended to Hennepin's management that it use me as a 
consultant to negotiate a better deal for Hennepin than just turning 
over its valuable database to OCLC and, presumably, to pay the per 
record charges get it loaded onto OCLC.  Sandy's suggestions never 
received a response." 
Dr. Maurice J. Freedman 
Director                                    (914) 674-3600 x223 
Westchester Library System      fax: (914) 674-4185 
410 Saw Mill River Road          freedman[at] 
Ardsley, New York 10502       Web site: 
17. Bibliographic record to 1995 festchrift for Sanford Berman 
TITLE       Everything you always wanted to know about Sandy Berman but 
            were afraid to ask / edited by Chris Dodge and Jan DeSirey; 
            with a foreword by Bill Katz. 
PUB. INFO.  Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c1995. 
DESCRIPT    ix, 179 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm. 
NOTE        Includes bibliographical references and index. 
SUBJECT     Berman, Sanford, 1933- 
            Librarians -- United States -- Biography. 
            Subject cataloging -- United States. 
ADD AUTHOR  Dodge, Chris. 
            DeSirey, Jan. 
            Berman, Sanford, 1933- 
CONTENTS    Foreword / Bill Katz -- Introduction, Part I / Jan DeSirey -- 
            Introduction, Part II / Chris Dodge -- A man for all subjects / 
            Mark Pendergrast -- The Berman brigade : Sandy Berman, Army 
            Special Services Librarian, Germany / James Caccavo -- The 
            sound of one sandal flapping / John Held, Jr. -- Homage to the 
            Berman-librarian / John Yewell -- A tribute from a progressive 
            librarians guild cofounder / Elaine Harger -- Those days at 
            U.C.L.A. / Fay M. Blake -- A man for all seasons / E.J. 
            Josey -- Information freeway builder / Zoia Horn -- Advocate 
            for sexual freedom and the alternative press / Daniel C. 
            Tsang -- Female masturbation, see also Hairdryers / Martha 
            Cornog and Timothy Perper -- Painting a portrait / Jeannie 
            Kamins -- A tribute from West Virginia / Yvonne Farley -- The 
            better for his courtesy / Noel Peattie -- Mr. Berman, I 
            presume? Nope, just Sandy.. / Jim Dwyer -- Sandy Berman-- 
            R.I.P. / Will Manley -- Is Sandy a true bibliosmile? / Norman 
            D. Stevens -- Pancho and Lefty / Steve Fankuchen -- Your mole 
            in LC : two letters / Saul Schniderman -- An African genesis / 
            Hans E. Panofsky -- Behind the boerewors curtain / Christopher 
            Merrett -- Catalog shopping / Jenny Tobias -- Troubled waters / 
            Chris Dodge -- The quality of life / Polly Mann -- The joy of 
            Berman / Rosalie Maggio -- I have a friend in Minnesota / 
            Marjorie Greenfield -- Cartoon / Steve Willis -- Bibliography 
            of works by Sanford Berman -- Bibliography of works about 
            Sanford Berman -- Appendices. 
18. New alternative bibliographic resource (book) 
Russ Kick's _Psychotropedia: a guide to publications on the fringe_ 
Chris Dodge 
Street Librarian 
"Unscrew the locks from the doors! Unscrew the doors themselves from their 
jambs!" --Walt Whitman 
        Chris Dodge                  cdodge[at] 
        Hennepin County Library      phone: 612-694-8572 
        12601 Ridgedale Drive        fax: 612-541-8600 
        Minnetonka, MN  55305 
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