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matter) in galleys or page-proof, and place orders with the
publisher for set quantities of unbound copies. These will be
sent to a binder who has guaranteed to follow standards set by
a committee. T he binding process will include stamping author,
title and shelf-number on the spine, covering with self-adhesive
plastic, and the usual processing: book pockets, cards and date
due slips. T h e books should be on library shelves no later
than they would have been by routine acquisition and process-
ing. The reactions of the libraries involved during and after the
trial period will influence the final procedures and the possible
extension of library binding to further types of books.
In addition to the weekly shipment of catalog cards, which
are also used by libraries as an indicator of recent publications
in Hebrew, the Center mimeographs and distributes weekly
lists of notices of new publications. In addition to author,
title, and publisher, the notice includes a short description
ascertained, as far as possible, from publishers’ announcements
or jacket blurbs. T he notices serve the libraries both as an aware-
ness service and as a mail order form.
Twice a month, the Center mimeographs and distributes
a selection of book reviews reprinted from newspapers and
magazines. The main aim of this selection,
Leket Divrei Bikoret
al Sefarim Hadashim,
is to enable librarians to acquaint them-
selves with the content of books that have recently been added
to their collections. However, the issues also serve as a back-up
in book selection: a book that may have been rejected for
acquisition on the basis of sketchy information at the time of
publication is found to suit the library’s acquisition policy on
the basis of a more detailed review. By gathering reviews
from many sources, the Center saves librarians time and money,
and through them provides better service for readers. When
is prominently displayed in reading rooms, it is some-
times used by readers in the selection of recent titles for loan.
In 1972 the Center established a “Book Bank” to enable
libraries, at little expense, to augment their collections by pu r ­