WLB Ceases Publication Janine Stanley-Dunham 18 May 1995 13:55 UTC

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From:          "GraceAnne DeCandido" <WLB/GRACEANN>
Date:          Wed., 17 May 1995 08:42:38 EST
Subject:       WLB Ceases Publication


Effective with the June 1995 issue, the Wilson Library Bulletin will
cease publication. In making the announcement, CEO Frank Miller
praised the contributions the Bulletin has made to the profession and
the company throughout its eighty-one year history but lamented that
it was no longer economically feasible to continue publication in

The decision was reached after many months of careful study and
deliberation. Since January, the company has been studying its
operation with a view to refocusing on its areas of greatest
strength: indexing, abstracting, and reference publishing. In
addition, the Bulletin has been faced with decreasing circulation
over the past decade, diminished advertising revenue, and rising
paper and postage costs.

Begun in 1924 as a house vehicle, the Bulletin soon became a
distinctive voice for the profession of librarianship, with its
editorial content increasingly designed to meet the practical needs
of working librarians.

Wilson Library Bulletin Editor GraceAnne DeCandido expressed regret
at the demise of the magazine, but at the same time emphasized the
future: "I have been given a mandate to explore possible
cyberpublication of an online magazine," said DeCandido. Whatever it
turns out to be, I hope some of WLB's columnists, cartoonists, and
contributors would be willing to be a part of it."

H. W. Wilson's long history of commitment to the library profession
was partly emobodied in the continued publication of the Bulletin,
despite mounting losses. "We stayed witht his as long as we could,
possibly longer than we should have, because we believed in the
Bulletin's value to librarians worldwide," said Mr. Miller. "You may
be certain that while the print format of the Bulletin is ending, we
will endeavor to find a viable way to continue its voice."

Contact: GraceAnne DeCandido, graceann@wlb.hwwilson.com, 800-367-
6770, x2244

Janine Stanley-Dunham, Associate Editor, Reviews
Wilson Library Bulletin, 950 University Ave., Bronx, NY 10452
718/588-8400 ext. 2288; fax: 718/681-1511
e-mail: janine@wlb.hwwilson.com