I would like to thank the following people for all their help in getting this book published: Mildred Graham Vasan, my editor, and James T. Sabin, editor at Greenwood Publishing, for the opportunity to bring the book to fruition; Douglas Kellner and William E. Knox for reading the manuscript and offering solid suggestions; Jeremy Byman and Lynn Hamilton for reading earlier versions; Nancy C. Fogarty, Assistant Reference Librarian at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, for her wise counsel; both Sally M. Alvarez and Whitney Grove Vanderwerff for providing me with remarkable role models, ongoing encouragement, and support; my longtime friend and mentor, John L. Jellicorse, for offering encouragement whenever I needed it -- his belief in me helped me believe in myself; John R. Bittner, for his counsel, patience, and direction -- without his guidance, I would not be where I am today. The memory of Sol Jacobs' optimism and his vision of what public access could be acted as a beacon to help keep me focused. My father, James B. Linder, and my mother, Gene H. Linder, have been my biggest champions through the years. Without the support and love of these people, I would have been unable to achieve all I have accomplished.
To my husband, Gary S. Kenton, to whom I owe so much, I give my undying love and gratitude. His love, faith, and support as well as his unending patience for reading and rereading this work helped me to be a better thinker, researcher, and writer.