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Submitted by Patricia Wallace
Chair, Hawaii Working Group
American Library Association
Social Responsibilities Round Table
Alternatives in Print Task Force

Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Tuesday, February 25, 1997 , pA1

Book contract draws heavy disapproval
The poll also finds erosion in satisfaction
with the state library system
By Mary Adamski

Nearly three out of four participants in a Honolulu Star-Bulletin Poll
don't think it is a good idea for a mainland contractor to choose books
for Hawaii's public libraries.

Some 70 percent of those surveyed wanted local libraries to decide
on book purchases, the same number who disapproved of the use of
a mainland book selector.

The poll also found an erosion in satisfaction with the library system
and little confidence in state librarian Bart Kane.
"I would much prefer that acquisition be in the hands of librarians,"
said Kenneth Levy of Paia, Maui.
Allan Lum of Honolulu said, "If they don't know what motivates the
local crowd and are sending things that are of no interest, it's money
right down the drain."
(C) 1997 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
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