Back burner material into a convenient single sealed Bluffco, whose revolutionary Foto- Librarian of the package, which can be disposed of in bluff filmless photocharging system won several export awards in the past, one operation with a minimum of fuss, have now unveiled their new Bluffomat leaving your journals ready for year show shelving. The price is still to be settled, computerised issue system. Based like but should be less than £10 for a year's its predecessor on the observation that AFTER the disgraceful scenes at subscription. (Enquiries c/o Zuider most books are returned anyway, and Wembley last year, it was probably just that little can realistically be done Press.) as well that this year's Librarian of the about the remainder, the Bluffomat Attendance figures at this year's Year Show was transferred to the more with its unique 'free-floating' issue show reached a new high, and it is a appropriate surroundings of the terminal dramatically cuts the cost of tribute to the organisers that the day Taplow Conference Centre. Despite computerisation by being entirely un passed without any serious hitches; the change in venue, this year's show connected to anything whatsoever. although we would suggest that the drew record entries in nearly all Thanks to microchip technology, the first-aid facilities be extended: four categories; and fears of a repetition of original valve-driven prototype has stretcher-bearers really are not enough. last year's troubles happily proved now been condensed into a neat but still Nevertheless, all the librarians that we groundless as most of the day's events impressive desk-top package, available spoke to were already eagerly looking passed without serious incidents— in a full range of colours to match any forward to next year's event, so it although the stewards once again had decor. Any configuration of visual and makes sense to book early. We cer to be called in during the Middle Man audio indicators can be specified; and tainly shall. agement Dressage. the price of £87.63 ( + VAT) will be held Exciting as the events were, the trade until the end of the year. Soon to be exhibits were as usual the real focus of available as an optional extra will be a attention for many of us, and well matching random-overdue generator, Patrick Spens worth a visit in their own right. The for added reader credibility. (Enquiries theme this year was cost-effectiveness, to Bluffco Ltd, Milton Keynes.) and we were impressed with the variety The publishing world was, as usual, of approaches offered. well represented. Getting enough light Undoubtedly, the day was domina fiction onto our shelves has always ted by the official launch at Stand 52 been difficult; and it was heartening to of Librarians Against the LA, a new see that at least one imprint was professional group set up to present a making a serious attempt to get to grips united challenge to the LA establish with the problem. Browsercon Books, ment. Formed from a loose coalition a newcomer to the show, have what is of hitherto divided dissident groups, sure to be a publishing breakthrough LALA aims to cut the Gordian knot of with their romantic fiction line. deadlocked attempts at effective Although this currently comprises only change within the LA by entering into one text, it is available in a choice of 30 direct competition as an alternative different titles and covers; remarkable professional body designed ab initio to value at only £9 per metre. be more in tune with today's library world. We were also impressed by their Issuebooster Vendipak unit, which Initial working capital was raised by dispenses shrink-wrapped six-packs of key personnel withholding their LA light fiction paperbacks. Available in subscriptions last year, but LALA'S interior and vandal-proof exterior future development is planned to be on models, the Issuebooster makes an entirely self-financing basis through worries about Saturday morning the sale of professional qualifications. queues and reduced opening hours a Instead of the LA'S long-winded Licen- thing of the past. Current models tiateship, LALA will offer a BA in accept only tokens, but the soon to be Librarianship and Management introduced Mark 2 version will feature (BALaM), available over the counter for easy conversion to coin operation to a once-and-for-all fee of £50; a price meet future library trends. (Enquiries achieved through ruthlessly stream to Browsercon Books, Henley. Ask for lining administration by setting neither Niki.) a curriculum nor an examination. In view of the constantly changing body Periodicals librarians who are tired of knowledge in our field, which so of shaking out the loose advertisements rapidly renders existing qualifications from every other magazine will obsolete, this progressive policy will be welcome the return of Inserts monthly. welcome news to those about to em Relaunched in a new format, Inserts bark on professional studies. (En will now be despatched by first-class quiries to Ian Jones, Taplow Central post every 4 weeks throughout the Library.) year; assembling all your advertising
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