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@example.com>
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it withdrawn with an apology for false accusation and wrongful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.
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