Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2000 11:06:50 -0700 (PDT)

Sandy Berman on Library Activism

Irvine -- Subversity, a public affairs interview program, this evening interviews Sandy Berman, activist librarian and advocate for making libraries and librarians socially responsible.

The show airs today from 5-6 p.m. (Pacific time) on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, and is Web-cast at at the same time.

Berman, the penultimate Librarian of the Toiling Masses, was forced to retire last year from his longtime position as Head Cataloger at Hennepin County Library in Minnesota. Read "Sandy Berman's Last Stand" (cover story) in the July 14, 1999, City Paper:

An advocate of alternative media, he was instrumental in making Library of Congress subject headings more understandable to library patrons, and to reflect reality. He also advocated using terms preferred by people involved. He became the voice of conscience in the library profession, seeking to remind library workers of our public and social responsibilities. Ironically, it was his final effort to make his library publicly accountable that forced his retirement.

We'll ask him what he thinks of librarianship as as more and more libraries become run like businesses by corporate types.

To chat with him during the show, call (949) 824-5824; you can also e-mail:

For a list of his publications, see the ANTPAC holdings:

I contributed a chapter on Sandy as "advocate of the alternative press" in Chris Dodge and Jan DeSirey (editors), Everything you always wanted to know about Sandy Berman but were afraid to ask (McFarland, 1995).

Daniel C. Tsang
Host, Subversity, now Fridays, 5-6 p.m.
KUCI, 88.9 FM
 selected shows available as RealAudio files
Subversity, KUCI, PO Box 4362, Irvine CA 92616