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literature was begun. T h e small number of subscribing libraries
and the great number of such publications makes extensive
coverage economically unfeasible at this time. T he catalog,
since its inception, prepares cards for 30 volumes a month which
are sent to subscribers.
The growing number of Arab public and school libraries
has brought a request from the Libraries Section for a current
catalog of publications in Arabic. The Center has begun to
catalog between 30 to 50 titles a month and to send them in
monthly batches to subscribers.
The Center has agreements with several large bookdealers
to enable public libraries to order books and periodicals, in
Hebrew and other languages, with maximum efficiency and dis-
count, and minimum overhead. The libraries select their dealer
from those authorized by the Center, and then choose their
books from the dealer’s shelves or by mail orders. The Hebrew
books are then transferred to a book processing center where
they are supplied with shelf-numbers on the spine, plastic
covering, book pockets which include book cards and a set
of catalog cards, and a date due slip. The books are then
shipped to the libraries. The agents’ composite monthly bills
for books supplied to all libraries are paid by the Center, which
then charges each individual library. T he fact that the deal-
ers are freed from the necessity of billing and following up
bills sent to individual libraries enables them to give larger
discounts, which in most cases enable libraries to receive the
books fully-processed at even less than list price.
A recent innovation, which became operational gradually as
of May 1978, is the provision of library bindings for a selection
of books. T he Scandinavian centers provide library bindings
for books ordered on an individual basis by libraries, the books
ending up on library shelves 3 to 4 months after publication.
Sufficient libraries in Israel have agreed to give “blanket
orders” for “popu lar” books in the fields of adult fiction and
children’s literature to enable the Center to try a different
procedure for a trial period. A committee of librarians will
select such “popu lar” books (on the basis of their knowledge
of the popularity of the authors, publishers, series, or subject