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The librarian: A

The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, September 30, 1980-Page 9
changing role

Daily Photo by DAVID HARRIS
A LIBRARY science student uses a computer to aid her research.

Tucked away in the recesses of Win-
chell Hall are the offices of the smallest
school in the University--one that
many consider to be among the top
five of its kind in the country.
This is the same school which placed
more than 80 per cent of its 1979
School of Library Science are not per-
snickety matrons whose affinity for
quoting Milton is only surpassed by
their fascination with the Dewey
Decimal System.
Many of today's librarians need to be
specialized in fields including com-
puters, medicine, and music.
Thus, the school, must maintain its
programs and keep pace with the
modern libraries.
The school is open to graduate
students only. Currently 235 master's
degree and Ph.D. candidates are
enrolled, according to Assistant Dean
Kenneth Vance. Unlike many other
graduate schools that are trying to keep
enrollment down, the School of Library
Science would like to increase its
enrollment. The school looks for can-
didates with "a strong academic and
liberal arts background," Vance said.
UNTIL 1969, THE school was a
department in LSA. At that time,
however, it was the only department

left in LSA that provided professional
training, Vance said. But he added, "it
(the change) meant more to us in terms
of prestige."
Libraries are expanding use of com-
puters, Assistant Prof. Ed Cortez said,
so library science students may deal
'People can no longer af-
ford to have a great depth
of information at home, so
libraries have become cen-
tral locations for inform a-
--Library Science Prof.
Julie Todaro
with teleconferencing
systems-bringing information to the
home through a television.
Much work is being done with this
kind of telecommunications in Europe,
he explained. An example of this is
"View Data" in England or, in the
United States, "The Source."
THE SCHOOL HAS an extensive
computer terminal system which is
linked with the University computer
and other library systems and
available for students to work with,
Cortez said.

Economic uncertainties in the U.S.
make library jobs difficult, but not im-
possible, to find, Assistant Library.
Science Prof. Julie Todara said. "It is
no longer as easy to be restricted to one
locale," she said. "If people are willing
to travel, they can find jobs," she said.
But the economic situation can also
help create jobs, she said.
"People can no longer afford to have
a great depth of information at home
(for example, hardbound books), so
libraries have become central locations
for information,"'Todaro said.
"LIBRARIES themselves are at-

tempting to work together in net-
works," she added.
Businesses, in an effort to maximize
efficiency, are also experiencing a need
for librarians, Todaro said. "Those
students who put together a non-
traditional program can work into
(these kind of) jobs," Cortez said. A
"non-traditional" area could include
museums, newspapers, business and
industry, or law firms, he said.
But, there still is room for those who
"may want to go around the corner and
work at the public library," Todara

Senate approves

abortion C
*ying to speed action on a bill to
prevent the federal government from
grinding to a virtual halt, granted a new
concession yesterday to House op-
ponents of public funding for poor
women's abortions.
As part of an emergency-funding bill
needed to keep the government running
after midnight today, the Senate ap-
proved new compromise language that
ould allow states to set restrictions on
edicaid abortion spending even
tougher than federal regulations.
THE FEDERAL government curren-
tly pays for abortions only when a
woman's life is in danger or in cases of
rape or incest.
By a 47-37 vote, the Senate voted to
continue those restrictions but accepted
a House proposal that would permit
states to limit Medicaid abortion
payments to just cases where a
woman's life is in danger or even to bar
ich payments altogether.
The Senate vote appeared to be at
least partly an attempt to avert an im-
passe and gain passage for the
emergency bill before midnight tonight
when existing congressional spending
authority expires.
LAST APRIL, Attorney General Ben-
jamin Civiletti ruled that federal of-
ficials could not legally incur any ex-
penses after that authority lapses.
Because none of the 13 regular ap-
ropriations bills has yet to be enacted,
failure to pass the emergency-spending
bill would affect nearly the entire
government and its five million
military and civilian employees.
Robert Havel, spgkesman for the Of-
fice of Management and Budget, said
federal agencies alreadfiave plans to
close down government operations ex-
cept "those necessary to protect human
life and property."
AFTER THE abortion vote, the
*enate approved the I emergency-spen-
CBS to air
Redgmve film
,Iespite much
NEW YORK (AP)-Despite the bur-
ning in effigy of the starring actess and
reports of nervousness among adver-
tisers, CBS says it has no intention of
canceling the broadcast Tuesday night
of "Playing for Time," already one of
the season's most acclaimed television
*Key figures in the controversy are
Vanessa Redgrave, who has been out-
spoken in her support of the Palestine
Liberation Organization, and Fania
Fenelon, the half-Jewish concentration
camp, survivor on whose memoirs
"Playing for Time" was based.
doubt in our mind about running it,"
Gene Mater, vice president of the CBS
roadcast Group, said yesterday.
"There are only two issues involved
Whether politics are more important
than an artist's' ability, and whether
special interests can dictate whether a
show will go on, despite its value to the

ding bill, 58-27, sending it to a conferen-
ce committee with the House to work
out differences in the two versions.
To avert a closedown of the gover-
nment, the bill must emerge from con-
ference, receive final approval from
the House and Senate and be signed by
President Carter-all before midnight
Although some obstacles have been
avoided, the House and Senate versions
of the stopgap-funding bill still contain
some significantdifferences.
THE HOUSE version would allow
Medicaid funding for abortions only
when a mother's life is in danger as well
as granting states the right to adopt
even tougher restrictions.
In addition, it contains a formula for
dividing fuel assistance for the poor
that favors the Snow Belt over the S
Belt. The Senate version splits the aid
equally between summer cooling and
winter heating.
The Senate bill would cut 100,000 jobs
from the 200,000-slot public service
programunder the Comprehensive
Employment and Training Act, the
House version would not.
language was proposed by Sen. J.
'James Exon, (D-Neb.) in place of an
amendment by Sen. Lowell Weicker (R-
Conn.) that would have retained the
wording in current law.
Weicker objected to the proposals by
the House and Exon for tougher abor-
tion language, saying "too much
damage has already been done to too
many by this existing language."
Sen. Warren Magnuson (D-Wash.)
chairman of the Appropriations Com-
mittee, also opposed the House
language, arguing that "a continuing
resolution should just continue current
However, Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.)
urged support for the House wording,
saying that "someone's got to stand up
for the rights of that innocent, unborn
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WASHINGTON (AP)-The Food and
Drug Administration said yesterday it
has asked five major tampon manufac-
turers to put warning labels voluntarily
on all boxes and brands of tampons.
The agency reiterated its plans to
propose a rule requiring a label war-
ning women that tampons pose a risk of
the rare but sometimes deadly disease
called toxic shock syndrome.
IN THE MEANTIME, it has sent
telegrams to the manufacturers
"strongly recommending" that they
add the warning now "as a responsible
consumer protection step on your
The agency suggested this wording:
"Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a
rare but serious disease that can occur
in menstruating women. TSS can cause
death. The disease has been associated
with the use of tampons. You may
therefore want to consider not using
tampons or alternating tampons with
"IF YOU DEVELOP high fever and
vomiting or diarrhea during your men-
strual period, you should remove your
tampon immediately and talk to a
FDA spokesman Wayne Pines said
the telegrams went out over the

weekend to the heads of International
Playtex, maker of Playtex tampon;
Tampax, maker of Tampax; Kimberly-
Clark, Kotex; Johnson & Johnson, o.b.;
Campana, Pursettes.
A sixth manufacturer, Procter &
Gamble, recently recalled all of its
Rely tampons and is preparing to laun-
ch a major advertising campaign to tell
women not to use them.
STUDIES indicated Rely was used
by an unusually high percentage of
women who got the disease. But the
syndrome has also been found in
women who used other brands and in
some men.
The FDA telegram asks the manufac-
turers to meet with the agency "to
discuss actions your firm will under-

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