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AMIDST OTHER preoccupations, the Library Association is again considering its internal structure. A modified version of some of the proposals of the former Branch and Group Structure working party has been produced by an Ad Hoc Sub‐Committee chaired by Alex Howson. Your groans on hearing that ‘the structure’ is being trotted out for another airing are understandable.
While web logs often are taken to be “Internet diaries,” unlike diaries that are private and serve only the needs of their authors, public blogs serve as a technological…
While web logs often are taken to be “Internet diaries,” unlike diaries that are private and serve only the needs of their authors, public blogs serve as a technological tool, allowing for the formation of Internet communities and challenges to institutional and/or cultural narratives.
I analyzed narratives constructed in two years of blog posts for each of five individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). I sought to understand the relationship between personal stories of contested illness and broader illness narratives.
My findings suggest these personal illness stories operate within the artificial confines of the dominant models of a given society. Blogs are used not only as a chronicle of day-to-day happenings, but as a means of engaging with traditional illness narratives, challenging cultural narratives about CFS, and of resisting institutional narratives concerning the illness process.
This study brings voices of people with contested illnesses into the discourse on disability, where their perspectives have historically been poorly represented. The study also suggests that blogs can become sites of resistance and social change by providing a space in which counternarratives can be constructed and circulated.
I MEAN the self‐styled ‘British Authoress’ with the smell of death about her; George Schneider and his oranges; the Drunken Pilot; Fez; the Retired Parson and Trotsky; the Man in Black (homburg, overcoat and boots) who was in and out saying a hundred good mornings and good afternoons and insisting on a polite response every time; the Clock Lady; Mr Clayton and a number of others.
THE CIVIL CODES of most European countries have, for several decades, required official publication of company details in government gazettes. Thus librarians in each EEC…
THE CIVIL CODES of most European countries have, for several decades, required official publication of company details in government gazettes. Thus librarians in each EEC country have enjoyed the availability of an official bulletin, published daily or bi‐weekly: in France, for example, it is called Bulletin officiel des annonces commerciales, a daily document of 70–80 double column pages containing full details of registrations, changes and cessations of all forms of business enterprises, (not only limited companies), together with an index to all personal and business names mentioned. The publication started in 1926 and now costs 50 centimes per issue or Frs 60 in France (c £5) per year. Similar documents at comparable prices are published by the other EEC governments and Denmark too.
Those of us who work, or have ever worked, in academic or public libraries know “Granger” — formerly Granger's Index to Poetry and now The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry — which is almost as old as this century. As it is the only substantial index to verse for adults, it cannot be evaluated by comparison; so a reviewer is already halfway to redundancy.
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PUBLIC LIBRARIANS outside London watch with attention/pleasure/alarm the results of governmental thinking on the re‐organisation of local government. Londoners will be…
PUBLIC LIBRARIANS outside London watch with attention/pleasure/alarm the results of governmental thinking on the re‐organisation of local government. Londoners will be more detached but, remembering 1965 and fingering their old scars, will have sympathy.
CHANGE, whether we like it or not, is a major element in twentieth century life. Every organisation is likely to be forced into radical change, and a failure to respond adequately to this demand, whether it comes from within the organisation or from outside, is likely to lead to a loss of effectiveness; the organisation will then either fossilise as an obsolete structure, functioning in a barely relevant way, or it will disintegrate completely. In library terms such demands for change might be exemplified by the increasing strictures on local budgets by central government, by technological developments, particularly on‐line computer systems, and by the changing needs and aspirations of contemporary society.