Library Juice 2:9 - March 3, 1999

This excerpt contains articles about Sanford Berman. For the complete issue:Library Juice


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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 15. Sanford Berman's appeal to colleagues, some background Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 10:31:21 -0600 (CST) From: Sandy Berman To: ALA Council List <[email protected]> cc: [email protected] MIME-Version: 1.0 Reply-To: Sender: [email protected]
Dear Colleagues: MUCH-HONORED MINNESOTA CATALOGER DISCIPLINED FOR TALKING ABOUT CATALOGING! FREE SPEECH A "NO GO" INSIDE NATION'S 5TH-RANKED PUBLIC 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 Since a request for rescinding a reprimand issued to me on 2-8-99 has been denied, I now want it withdrawn with an apology for false accusation and wrongful discipline--plus firm guarantees that staff can freely address professional and policy issues without fear of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.