Hope to Host Meeting of National
"Oberlin Group" of Library Directors

Posted October 6, 1999

          HOLLAND -- Library directors representing liberal
  arts colleges from around the country will gather at Hope
  College on Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 7-9, for the annual
  meeting of the Oberlin Group.
          A total of 74 liberal arts colleges are members of
  the Oberlin Group, which first met in 1986.  The
  association's annual meetings provide an opportunity for the
  colleges' library directors to discuss issues of common
  concern, to share information and to establish an atmosphere
  of mutual encouragement and support.
          Institutions participate in the group by
  invitation, with the maximum set at 75.  The idea for the
  group grew out of conferences held in 1984 and 1985 at
  Oberlin College for the presidents of 50 liberal arts
  colleges that produced an exceptional number of alumni who
  later earned doctorates in scientific fields.  Library
  directors from the 50 institutions were invited, as were
  representatives from other selective liberal arts colleges.
          Hope was a charter member of the group.  The 1986
  meeting was held at Oberlin College, providing the group
  with the name.
          The group has met around the country, including in
  California, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
  Texas and Virginia.  This year marks the first time that the
  group has met at Hope.  The meeting is sponsored by the four
  colleges from Michigan that are members:  Albion, Alma, Hope
  and Kalamazoo.
          The topics featured during the Oct. 7-9 meeting
  include new standards set for college libraries by the
  Association of College and Research Libraries; instructing
  students in using the library for research; effects of the
  Internet on college libraries; and recent rapid increases in
  serial prices.

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