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Eric Moon : the life and library times
Kister, Kenneth F., 1935-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2002]

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xxii, 442 pages, A-P pages of plates : illustrations ; 26 cm
Growing up in Southampton -- Entering librarianship -- Defending home and country -- Learning at Loughborough -- Advancing in British libraries -- Ruffling establishment feathers -- Rabble-rousing in Canada -- Reviving Library journal -- Exploding the silent subject -- Remaking library journalism : techniques -- Remaking library journalism : triumphs -- Capturing Ilse's heart -- Feeding a Scarecrow -- Moving from backbench to president -- Taking sherry at Westminster Abbey -- Reforming the American Library Association -- Retiring in the sun -- Summing up Eric Moon.
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Eric Moon, a progressive, even radical librarian who for more than 50 years has served his profession as goad and prod, devoted practitioner, gutsy journalist, magnanimous publisher, revered and resented association leader, smug antagonist, beloved mentor and antic crony, has been at the center of almost every important debate involving the shape and direction of the library profession in North America since the late 1950s and well into the 1990s, and before that for some years in England.Editor of Library Journal, president of Scarecrow Press, president of the American Library Association, Moon has had an opinion on all of the heated issues that have preoccupied librarianship in recent decades: civil rights, social responsibility, intellectual freedom, spurring the young and the new, balanced collections, public funding, and the Sisyphean governance of the ALA.Eric Moon's life is told with the help of Kister's 115 hours of interviews with Moon and his wife, and over 50 hours with dozens of friends and associates. This unvarnished account balances Moon's ambitions and accomplishments with his demons and failures and not only tells the story of the man but also outlines the main course of events in Anglo-American librarianship during the past half century.

Author Notes

Librarian Kenneth F. Kister, nationally known as an authority on reference and information sources, and frequent reviewer of encyclopedias, has written numerous articles on the publishing industry over the years. He lives in Tampa, Florida

Table of Contents

John N. Berry III
Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xv
Abbreviationsp. xx
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
1 Growing Up in Southamptonp. 1
2 Entering Librarianshipp. 21
3 Defending Home and Countryp. 32
4 Learning at Loughboroughp. 44
5 Advancing in British Librariesp. 62
6 Ruffling Establishment Feathersp. 86
7 Rabble-Rousing in Canadap. 109
8 Reviving Library Journalp. 129
9 Exploding the Silent Subjectp. 152
10 Remaking Library Journalism: Techniquesp. 177
11 Remaking Library Journalism: Triumphsp. 207
12 Capturing Ilse's Heartp. 253
13 Feeding a Scarecrowp. 287
14 Moving from Backbench to Presidentp. 315
15 Taking Sherry at Westminster Abbeyp. 360
16 Reforming the American Library Associationp. 370
17 Retiring in the Sunp. 388
18 Summing Up Eric Moonp. 405
Notesp. 411
Bibliographyp. 421
Indexp. 431