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January 1984


In his 1975 essay, "Library Resources on Western Europe in the United States: A Critique," Erwin Welsch, social studies bibliographer at the University of Wisconsin, lamented the absence of an organizational structure that would provide for the exchange of ideas, on a regular basis, among librarians and researchers concerned with Western Europe.

One result of the lack of a national interaction among faculty members and librarians on any but the local level.. .is a failure to develop a national consciousness among librarians of the current directions of social, scientific and historical research on Western Europe and the demands these will place on the library.

As a first priority, Welsch recommended the establishment of a formal organization to provide for professional interaction and exchange of information.


Reprinted from The State of Western European Studies : Implications for Collection Development, Anthony M. Angiletta, [et al.], editors (New York: Haworth Press, 1984), pages 239-251.

NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Martha L. Brogan was affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Currently June 2007, she is Associate University Librarian for Collection Development and Management at the University of Pennsylvania.



Date Posted: 07 June 2007

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