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PMCID: PMC200713  PMID: 16017490
6.  President's Page 
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7.  President's Page 
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8.  President's Page 
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20.  Collecting for the History of Medicine * 
Value of books depends on their place in the collection, and it is not suggested that the librarian become an expert in the prices of rare books. The dealer should be trusted as an adviser. The same is true about disposal of rare books.
An account is given of earlier practice at the New York Academy of Medicine Library in the acquisition of rare books, and some notable items are listed. The importance of pamphlets, reprints, and annual reports is discussed.
Building a collection of the institution's own records is commended, and various examples given of how an unbalanced or inappropriate collection loses its value. Good examples of special subject collections are quoted.
Care and preservation of rare material are discussed.
PMCID: PMC197471  PMID: 5424514
21.  The Total Library * 
Changing functions and techniques of today's libraries have led to questioning the very substance of the library of the future. Ralph Shaw points out that the total library must be “a living force for the enrichment of mankind.” The Medical Research Library of Brooklyn at its very inauguration is uniquely prepared and equipped to work toward that goal. It imaginatively serves the needs of the immediate area by generous sharing of resources, use of its computerized program, and participation in a state-wide system. The large collection of the Academy of Medicine of Brooklyn offers thousands of volumes for the historian, both great works as highlights of medical achievements and more modest contributions of both early and recent date. The total library must serve as an intellectual resource, as well as a mechanism for the rapid transfer of current information.
PMCID: PMC199140  PMID: 5644795
22.  The Medical Library Association in Retrospect, 1937-1967 * 
The medical librarian of 1967 lives in a period of changing concepts, dramatic new methods, everwidening scientific horizons. In looking toward the immediate past he may think of the medical librarian of thirty years ago as a complacent follower of accepted procedures, not as a pioneer in a brave new world. Yet the corps of trained medical librarians today and the resources of our collections and their management are dependent upon the efforts of those who were then pioneers in medical librarianship. Training, standards, recruitment, literature control, international relations, all had continuing attention at a time when financial assistance through government funds, support by administrators, concern by scientists was almost nonexistent. In these years the day of the devoted amateur passed; the trained medical librarian came into being and matured.
This, the first Janet Doe Lecture, is named for one who illustrates the best in medical librarianship, serving with scholarly distinction. It is a brief survey pointing to some of the Association's significant achievements during the years of Miss Doe's greatest activity when she and her colleagues met their “Challenge of Change.”
PMCID: PMC199114  PMID: 4863973
23.  Paper Preservation—New Hope for Survival 
Crumbling paper in books and documents issued after 1860 was impossible to rehabilitate until recently. The W. J. Barrow Laboratory for several years has made exhaustive tests which show that deacidification offers a new means of ensuring survival of important texts and documents. Books now must be taken apart for the process, but spray deacidification may provide a less expensive treatment in the future. Librarians should be alert to the various methods developed in the Barrow Laboratory and should coordinate rehabilitation programs.
PMCID: PMC198292  PMID: 14306024
25.  Library Technicians: Need, Training, Potential 
The desperate shortage of librarians could be alleviated by training library technicians to work under the supervision of qualified librarians. Just as the training and accreditation of practical nurses have elevated standards of the registered nurses and freed them from routine duties, so could the training and accreditation of library technicians favorably affect programs of librarians. Courses have been given to assist untrained personnel supervising small libraries. However, our goals should be (1) to train technicians to perform nonprofessional library tasks; (2) to set standards for accreditation, ensuring a clear differentiation, one obvious to the librarian, the technician, and the administrator; (3) to advise administrators of the possibilities of developing small but effective libraries under a local system, using a trained librarian as supervisor and trained technicians in individual institutions; (4) to persuade doubting administrators of the worth of an efficient library. Action should come from authoritative bodies such as library schools and library organizations.
PMCID: PMC198074  PMID: 14119308

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