Alternative Literature: A Practical Guide for Librarians
Many librarians, academics, professionals and general readers underestimate both the role and nature of alternative literature. These titles are assumed to be few in number and marginal to mainstream concerns. The quantity of titles alone published each year make it a significant part of publishing, but few of these are noted by the mainstream media and fewer still find themselves on to the shelves of bookshops and libraries. Yet they are vital to the development of a library's stock.This book therefore serves a number of purposes. First it defines alternative literature, explains how it can be used and appreciated and examines the concerns and nature of such publications. It is often difficult to track down alternative literature and guidelines are given for identifying and acquiring it from a variety of different types of sources. Networking of all kinds is necessary to keep abreast of the constant stream of new titles and the methods of collection management and access are discussed.To acquire, use and properly exploit alternative literature is an essential part of collection management, often requiring a very different approach to standard book collections. This book will provide all the essential starting points along this road.
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Alternative press materials are by the author's definition "generally absent from mainstream library collections and bibliographic tools." These titles, however, have great value for developing balanced collections as they usually provide perspectives that challenge mass-media representations of issues and events. They also frequently contain information that is unreported in the commercial press. British librarian Atton, cofounder of the radical librarians' group Information for Social Change, offers an introduction to the dominant themes of the literature and provides strategies for accessing these elusive titles. This book serves as a guide for librarians who have a professional responsibility to actively build comprehensive collections by selecting and acquiring alternative materials. Although this is a British publication, most of the resources discussed are published in the United States. The final chapter contains a bibliography of alternative publications.--Eloise R. Hitchcock, Univ of the South Lib., Sewanee, Tenn.
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The Nature and Value of Alternative Literature
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