Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

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Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

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I began work at the New York Public Library in i956, as a high school sophomore; I retired as a reference librarian and professor of information media in 2005. During this 50 year period, I experienced many changes in librarianship but never have I been as shocked and disappointed as I was in a recent visit to the main collection at the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts. Here, at what has been called the world's tallest library, they have apparently run out of space and so they decided to eliminate the current periodicals collection. In the late 1970s, the University of Pittsburgh squeezed all current issues into a diminutive room whose close stacks required lots of stooping and squinting; the State University of New York at Albany stores many of its current issues in the stacks next to the archival material, but it does maintain a substantial reading room; the University of Minnesota's Wilson Library continues to shelve current issues of many thousands of humanities, social science, and business publications in generously laid-out stacks which are surrounded by the bound issues (sometimes stretching back a century or more) that encircle the enormous room (this is perhaps the most user-friendly collection in the world). …

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