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A Selected Bibliography of Eli M. Oboler's Works

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College and University Library Accreditation Standards-1957. ACRL Monographs, no. 20. Compiled by Eli M. Oboler, Ruth Walling, and David C. Weber of the ACRL Committee on Standards. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 1958.


The Fear of the Word: Censorship and Sex. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1974.

Covers the history of censorship and sex. Contains an extensive bibliography and annotations. This is considered by many to be the seminal work on the subject.

Call #KF 4770 .O2


Ideas and the University Library: Essays of an Unorthodox Academic Librarian. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1977.

A collection of Oboler's writings from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s that pertain to academic libraries; includes essays, letters, columns, and poetry.

Call #Z 675 .U5 O521


Defending Intellectual Freedom: The Library and the Censor. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1980.

A selection of Oboler's writings from 1952-1979 pertaining to intellectual freedom on such topics as fighting censorship in a conservative state, the etiology of censorship, the perils and prospects of intellectual freedom, etc.

Call #Z 657 .O23


Censorship and Education. (Edited by Oboler). New York: H. W. Wilson, 1981.

An anthology of excerpts of articles by many of Oboler's allies in the fight for intellectual freedom, arranged by topic and introduced by Oboler, giving a sense of the history and status of censorship in U.S. schools.

Call #LC 87 .C45 1981


To Free the Mind: Libraries, Technology, and Intellectual Freedom. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1983.

Later essays (1961 - 1982) focusing on technology, from micrographics to networking, information technology to computers and privacy, all related to libraries.  Published posthumously, with a foreword by Judith F. Krug.

Call #Z 665 .O23 1983


Articles, Essays, Letters, Poetry, Columns

"It Happened Five Years Ago." In Prose Projects: An Anthology with Exercises, for Students of Composition, edited by Josiah L. Geist and T. M. Garrette, pp. 93-94. New York: F.S. Crofts, 1939.

"Men Librarians." Library Journal 75, 2 (January 15, 1950), pp. 66, 98.

"Elite and the Public Library." Library Journal 75, 4 (August, 1950), pp. 1283-84.

"Idaho State College Library, Pocatello." In The First Library Building Plans Institute Sponsored by the ACRL Building Committee, edited by David Jolley. Proceedings of the Meetings at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, April 25-26, 1952. ACRL Monographs, no. 4, pp. 25-29. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 1952.

"Congress as Censor." Library Journal 77, 20 (November 15, 1952), pp. 1927-30. Portion reprinted in Daniels, Walter M., ed. The Censorship of Books. New York: H. W. Wilson, 1954.

"Librarians: Active or Passive?" Idaho Librarian 5, 1 (January, 1953), pp. 16-17.

"Library Legislation Workshop." PNLA Quarterly 17, 4 (July, 1953), pp. 146-48.

"T-Formation." Library Journal 78, 14 (August, 1953), pp. 1305-06.

"O.P. and All That." ALA Bulletin 47, 9 (October, 1953), pp. 433-34.

"Chute the Works!" Library Journal 79, 22 (December 15, 1954), pp. 2387-89.

"The Regional Legislative Committee and Cooperation." PNLA Quarterly 19, 2 (January, 1955), pp. 80-83.

"Invitation." Idaho Librarian 7, 2 (April, 1955), pp. 37-41.

"Browsing at Idaho State College Library." Idaho Librarian 7, 3 (July, 1955), pp. 49-50.

"Power and Light." PNLA Quarterly 20, 1 (October, 1955), pp. 7-10.

"Faculty-Library Cooperation." Improving College and University Teaching 4, 2 (Spring, 1956), pp. 38-43.

"President's Foreword." PNLA Quarterly 20, 2 (January, 1956), pp. 79-80.

"President's Foreword." PNLA Quarterly 20, 3 (April, 1956), pp. 117-18.

"Forty-sixth Conference." PNLA Quarterly 20, 4 (July, 1956), pp. 151-52.

"The President's Report to PNLA." PNLA Quarterly 21, 1 (October, 1956), pp. 33-35.

"An Editor Says, 'Goodbye'." Idaho Librarian 10, 2 (April, 1958), p. 3.

"Radiation-Fallout-A Selected List." Library Journal 83, 19 (November 1, 1958), pp. 3069-70.

"Across State and Provincial Borders: What Regional Library Associations Can Do." Mountain-Plains Library Quarterly 2, 4 (Winter, 1958), pp. 9-11.

"The Processionary Caterpillar and NLW." PNLA Quarterly 23, 3 (April, 1959), pp. 154-55.

"Libraries of Idaho: A Ten-Year Personal Report." Idaho Librarian 11, 3 (July, 1959), pp. 17-21.

"John W. Borden, 1916-1959." PNLA Quarterly 23, 4 (July, 1959), p. 188.

"The Wonderful World of Documentation-Automation." PNLA Quarterly 23, 4 (July, 1959), pp. 204-205.

"Religion Today - A Selected List." Library Journal 84, 15 (September 1, 1959), pp. 2424-30.

"Research and Reality." College and Research Libraries 21, 2 (March, 1960), pp. 184-85.

"Pie in the Sky: Or, Let's Dream Big Dreams!" Idaho Librarian 12, 2 (April, 1960), pp. 9-10.

"U.S. Library Periodicals: A Selected List." Canadian Library 17, 2 (September, 1960), pp. 77-80.

"Get-'Em-All Theory of Book Buying." Library Journal 85, 17 (October 1, 1960), pp. 3391-92.

"New Nations: A Selected Reading List." Library Journal 85, 20 (November 15, 1960), pp. 4107-10.

"Idaho School Libraries - If Any!" Professional Reviewer, Idaho State College of Education (February, 1961), pp. 1-3.

"What the Individual Means to ALA." ALA Bulletin 55, 2 (February, 1961), pp. 184-85.

"The Pre-Fabricated Librarian." PNLA Quarterly 25, 3 (April, 1961), pp. 63-64.

"Cooperation, the 'Vitalizing Blood'." PNLA Quarterly 26, 1 (October, 1961), pp. 63-64.

"Attitudes on Segregation: How ALA Compares with Other Professional Associations." Library Journal 86, 22 (December 15, 1961), pp. 4233-39.

"Library Statistics: Why, How, and Maybe." Idaho Librarian 14, 1 (January, 1962), pp. 6-8.

"Riches and Diversity." PNLA Quarterly 26, 2 (January, 1962), p. 111.

"Brief Rejoinder to Bateson." Journal of General Education 14, 1 (April, 1962), pp. 69-71.

"Carnovsky Revisited: Or, Library Periodicals Seven Years Later." ALA Library Periodicals Round Table Newsletter 9 (June, 1962), pp. 3-4.

"Library Patron's Bill of Rights." Idaho Librarian 14, 3 (July, 1962), pp. 59-62.

"Three and Four Letter Words." PNLA Quarterly 25, 4 (July, 1962), pp. 235-36.

"For Outstanding Leadership." PNLA Quarterly 27, 1 (October, 1962), pp. 75-77.

"Let's Prove We Mean It!" PNLA Quarterly 27, 2 (January, 1963), pp. 114-15.

"'The Forts of Folly?'" PNLA Quarterly 27, 2 (January, 1963), pp. 21-25.

"Why is a Trustee?" Idaho Librarian 15, 1 (January, 1963), pp. 21-25.

"Shera Nonsense and Some Sense." PNLA Quarterly 27, 3 (April, 1963), p. 187.

"Education and Training of Library Workers." In Proceedings: Western States Library Extension Conference, Sun Valley, Idaho (May 27-28, 1963), published 1964, pp. 55-57, 59-61.

"Vale MLQ!" PNLA Quarterly 27, 4 (July, 1963), pp. 253-54.

"Idaho School Librarians and Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye': A Candid Report." Idaho Librarian 15, 4 (October, 1963), pp. 137-39.

"ALA and PNLA." PNLA Quarterly 28, 1 (October 1963), pp. 86-87.

"The Conference I Missed." PNLA Quarterly 28, 1 (October, 1963), p. 87.

"Who is a Librarian?" PNLA Quarterly 28, 2 (January, 1964), pp. 137-38.

"The Library and ISU Alumni." ISU Today 5, 3-4 (Spring-Summer, 1964), pp. 4-5.

"The Libraries of Utopia." Idaho Librarian 16, 3 (July, 1964), pp. 114-16.

"Goodbye, Reference Librarians!" RQ 4, 1 (September, 1964), pp. 12-13.

"Librarians and Politics." PNLA Quarterly 29, 1 (October, 1964), p. 80.

"'How Far That Little Candle.'" PNLA Quarterly 29, 1 (October, 1964), pp. 80-81.

"Prospects for PNLA." PNLA Quarterly 29, 1 (October, 1964), p. 81.

"What the New Federal Library Legislation Means for Idaho Librarians and Libraries." Idaho Librarian 16, 4 (October, 1964), pp. 135-37.

"The Accuracy of Federal Academic Library Statistics." College and Research Libraries 25, 6 (November, 1964), pp. 464-96.

"The Vital Necessity of Keeping Up with the World." Idaho Librarian 17, 1 (January, 1965), pp. 101-104.

"Livison." PNLA Quarterly 29, 2 (January, 1965), pp. 142-43.

"Why a Library Card?" PNLA Quarterly 29, 2 (January, 1965), p. 143.

"Reorganize or Die?" PNLA Quarterly 29, 3 (April, 1965), p. 210.

"Weed 'Em and Weep!" PNLA Quarterly 29, 3 (April, 1965), pp. 210-11.

"Idaho Libraries and Intellectual Freedom." Idaho Librarian 17, 3 (July, 1965), pp. 101-10.

"Where is BCLA Going?" PNLA Quarterly 29, 4 (July, 1965), p. 255.

"A Breather?" PNLA Quarterly 29, 4 (Jul, 1965), pp. 255-56.

"The Education of Librarians." PNLA Quarterly 30, 1 (October, 1965), p. 88.

"Exits & Entrances." PNLA Quarterly 30, 2 (January, 1966), p. 143.

"The CLR Reports." PNLA Quarterly 30, 2 (January, 1966), pp. 143-44.

"A Constitutional Crisis in the ALA?" ALA Bulletin 60, 4 (April, 1966), pp. 384-86.

"Getting Involved." PNLA Quarterly 30, 3 (April, 1966), p. 212.

"Professional Librarians Only?" PNLA Quarterly 30, 3 (April, 1966), p. 212.

"Hallelujah, Give Us a Hand-out, and Revive Us Again!" Idaho Librarian 18, 2 (April, 1966), pp. 46-48.

"Librarianship & Change." PNLA Quarterly 30, 4 (July, 1966), pp. 264-65.

"Machines & Libraries: The Parameters of Common Sense." Iconoclast 1, 1 (Summer, 1966), pp. 7-13.

"CONLIS, ALA, You, Me - And All That." PNLA Quarterly 31, 1 (October, 1966), p. 108.

"State and Provincial Surveys." PNLA Quarterly 31, 1 (October, 1966), p. 109.

"As It Was in the Beginning." PNLA Quarterly 31, 2 (January, 1967), p. 165.

"Ideas and the State University." School and Society 95, 2287 (February 4, 1967), pp. 78-80. Also in Lehrer, Stanley, ed. Leaders, Teachers, and Learners in Academe: Partners in the Education Process. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1970.

"Library Associations: Their History and Influence." Drexel Library Quarterly 3, 3 (July, 1967), pp. 255-62.

"Intellectual Freedom, Censorship, and Library Associations." Drexel Library Quarterly 3, 4 (October, 1967), pp. 399-400.

"Academic Library Statistics Revisited." College and Research Libraries 28, 6 (November, 1967), pp. 407-10.

"Adventures of a Library Periodical Editor." PNLA Quarterly 32, 2 (January, 1968), pp. 19-21.

"The Grand Illusion." School Library Journal 14, 7 (March, 1968), pp. 103-105. Also in Library Journal 93, 6 (March, 1968), pp. 1277-79. Also in Moon, Eric, ed. Book Selection and Censorship. New York: R.R. Bowker Company, 1969. Also in Issues in Children's Book Selection. New York: R.R. Bowker Company, 1973.

"What is a Librarian? Or, Mousetraps, Beehives, and Shark Anklets." Library School Review (October, 1968), pp. 9-11.

"The New Morality and the Old Librarian." ALA Bulletin 62, 11 (December, 1968), pp. 1369-73.

"The Library is Dead: An Irrepressibly Hopeful Elegy." Idaho Libraries 21, 1 (January, 1969), pp. 3-8.

"Copy Rights and Wrongs." Idaho Librarian 21, 2 (April, 1969), pp. 63-69.

"Hold! The Prospective ALA Dues Increase." Library Journal 94, 12 (June 15, 1969), pp. 2412-13.

"All or Nothing at All." ALA Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom 18, 4 (July, 1969), p. 70.

"Twenty Years an Idaho Librarian." Idaho Librarian 21, 3 (July, 1969), pp. 95-99.

"World Disarmament: A Selected Reading List." Choice 6, 5-6 (July-August, 1969), pp. 630-32.

"The Case of ALA Regional Annual Conferences." ALA Bulletin 73, 8 (September, 1969), pp. 1099-1101.

"The Irrelevance of Relevance." Wilson Library Bulletin 44, 8 (April, 1970), pp. 869-80.

"Congress as Censor." Library Trends 19, 1 (July, 1970), pp. 64-73.

"Co-operation Among Idaho's Academic Libraries." Bookmark 23, 1 (September, 1970), pp. 7-8.

"Displays for the Academic Library." Idaho Librarian 22, 4 (October, 1970), pp. 135-38.

"The Politics of Pornography." Library Journal 95, 22 (December 15, 1970), pp. 4225-28.

"Everything You Always Wanted to Ask About Censorship (But Were Afraid To Ask) Explained." American Libraries 2, 2 (February, 1971), pp. 194-98.

"Whither Are We Drifting?" PNLA Quarterly 35, 2 (Winter, 1971), pp. 9-10.

"Sabbatical Leave." (poem). AAUP Bulletin 57, 3 (September, 1971), p. 376.

"Viewpoint: The Case Against 'Liberal' Censorship." ALA Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom 21, 1 (January, 1972), p. 30.

"Planning for a Five-Year Plan." Idaho Librarian 24, 2 (April, 1972), pp. 44-48.

"Pornography in Modern America." Idaho State Journal (June2, 1972), sec. C, p.5.

"Oboler." In Wedgeworth, Robert, et al. "Social Responsibility and the Library Bill of Rights: The Berninghausen Debate." Library Journal 98, 1 (January 1, 1973), pp. 29-30.

"The Publications of the PNLA." PNLA Quarterly 37, 3 (Spring, 1973), pp. 17-23.

"Sights, Sounds, and Prints." Idaho Librarian 24, 3 (July, 1973), pp. 95-99.

"'Just Like the Child in the Family': Paternalistic Morality and Censorship." Library Journal 98, 15 (September 1, 1973), pp. 2395-98.

"Cow College Research - Who Gets the Help?" Western Critic 11 (December 8, 1973), pp. 3-4.

"Selling the Academic Library." In Public Relations for Libraries: Essays in Communications Techniques, edited by Allan Angoff, pp. 133-49. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1973.

"Public Relations and Intellectual Freedom." PNLA Quarterly 39, 3 (Spring, 1974), pp. 17-21.

"Obscenity and Pornography: The Legal Question." Idaho State Journal (June 28, 1974), sec. C, p. 15.

"You've Got to Be Carefully Taught." Western Critic 12 (October 27, 1974), pp. 5-7.

"The Freedom to Choose: A Reply to 'Freedom from Filth'." Intellect 103, 2362 (January, 1975), pp. 263-64.

"Scribe of the Wild West That Wasn't: Clarence E. Mulford." Idaho State Journal (March 7, 1975), sec. C, p. 5.

"Thoughts Concerning Censorship Disputes." Idaho Librarian 27, 4 (October, 1975), pp. 138-39.

"Accreditation Visit" (poem). Journal of Academic Librarianship 1, 3 (Fall, 1975), p. 19.

"The Free Mind: Intellectual Freedom's Perils and Prospects." Library Journal 101, 1 (January 1, 1976), pp. 237-42.

"The Building of a Story and the Story of a Building." Idaho Librarian 28, 1 (January, 1976), pp. 6-9.

"'The Old Man on the Hill.'" ALA Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom 25, 1 (January, 1976), p. 7.

"Alphabetitis" (poem). American Libraries 7, 2 (February, 1976), p. 97.

"The Controversy Surrounding Values Education." School Library Journal 27, 2 (October, 1980), pp. 115-17.

"Too Big for Their Britches: Or, How Useful is a Utility?" Technicalities (January, 1981), pp. 15-16.

"The Challenge to Library Reference Service in the Decades Ahead." The Reference Librarian (Fall/Winter 1981), pp. 55-58.

"From Books to Bytes." Library Journal 106, 17 (October 1, 1981), pp. 1877-80.

"International Aspects of Intellectual Freedom." Drexel Library Quarterly 18, 1 (Winter, 1982), pp. 95-100.

"Academe, The Library, and Accidie." Catholic Library World (March, 1982), pp. 344-46.

"The School Library as the 'Principal Locus' of Freedom of Inquiry." School Library Journal 29, 2 (October, 1982), p. 119.

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