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ERIC Number: ED313049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 15
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One Chance in Eighty: Access to the Alternative Press Index.
Dahl, Katherine
A librarian at the Western Illinois University Library examined a list of the approximately 380 current subscribers to the Alternative Press Index (API), which has been the only access point to most periodicals on the political left since its beginning in 1969, in order to see who and what kinds of libraries receive the index. The Library Bill of Rights--which advocates the provision of library resources reflecting all points of view on current and historical issues--is cited as a standard for the inclusion of API as part of library collections, and the results of an analysis of the subscriber list and telephone interviews with a number of API subscribers are presented. The findings indicate that approximately 1 in 80 public, academic, school, and special libraries in the United States subscribe to API. Colleges and universities are the biggest subscribers (1 in 18), and 41 of the 53 U.S. American Library Association-accredited library schools subscribe to it. Approximately 1 in 200 public libraries also subscribes to the index, although three states have no library of any kind that subscribes to API. Brief reports of conversations with librarians from several public libraries, as well as libraries from public universities and private and community colleges, private and public high schools, and organizations that receive the API, indicate that they subscribe to API because of its coverage of such topics as women's and minority studies, controversial issues, counterespionage, terrorism, and political happenings. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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