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In 1942 an advisory board to the Library of Congress drafted a proposal for a national program of cooperation among research libraries, aimed at acquiring "at least one copy of every book published anywhere in the world, which might conceivably be of interest to a research worker in America." Each participating library would acquire books in its assigned subject areas, catalog them, and send cards to the National Union Catalog. And thus was born the Farmington Plan, which began operation in 1948 under the sponsorship of the Association of Research Libraries. In 1972, nearly a decade after a two-year investigation revealed the project was failing, the plan was abandoned, but the concept of cooperative acquisitions of foreign library materials remains viable under several other programs today. A chance encounter with a long forgotten copy of The Farmington Plan Handbook led Ralph Wagner to investigate the most famous "failed experiment on library cooperation." The result of Wagner's decade of research is the first in-depth study of the plan's shortcomings and achievements.
A History of The Farmington Plan is at once a history of the term itself and the numerous connotations attached to it. Includes copious references to archival sources previously unavailable. An informative read for students of library history and for anyone involved in consortium development. Useful as a basis for understanding the growing phenomenon of international cooperation among libraries.
Ralph D. Winter has served as a Peace Corps volunteer librarian at Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, Eureka College (Illinois), and Westfield State College (Massachusetts). Currently he is a freelance writer.
Chapter 1 1 Prologue Chapter 2 2 The National Library Collection: Mr. Justice Story Chapter 3 3 The National Library Collection, 1876-1920 Chapter 4 4 The National Library Collection, 1920-1942 Chapter 5 5 World War II: The New Environment Chapter 6 6 The Farmington Meeting, October 9, 1942 Chapter 7 7 Dress Rehearsal: The Library of Congress Mission and Cooperative Acquisitions Project Chapter 8 8 The Strategic Planning Process Chapter 9 9 Strategies Chapter 10 10 Programming Chapter 11 11 The Plan in Action: Subject Responsibility, 1948-1951 Chapter 12 12 Expanding the Strategic Plan: Country Responsibility, 1950-1960 Chapter 13 13 Subject Responsibility, 1951-1959: Strategic Planning Chapter 14 14 Subject Responsibility, 1951-1959: Management Control Chapter 15 15 Evaluating the Farmington Plan Chapter 16 16 The Farmington Plan Survey and Conference Chapter 17 17 Strategic Planning, 1959-1969 Chapter 18 18 Management Control, 1959-1969 Chapter 19 19 New Cooperative Programs Chapter 20 20 The Disappearance of the Farmington Plan, 1968-1972 Chapter 21 21 "This Poor Relation": The Reputation of the Farmington Plan
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