Welcome to the Sanford Berman website devoted to the work of librarian Sanford Berman who created
an innovative, radical and inclusive catalog which used terms we use when looking for information instead of he 19th century
language of the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Berman worked for Hennepin County from 1973 until 1999.
I call upon all who care for Sandy and his work, to help me add more of his work to this site. You could send PDFs of his articles
or scan paper into PDF and send me copies. Let's show Sandy and the world how much he and his work will always mean to us.
Madeline Douglass - firstname.lastname@example.org
Several years ago when a local library school
asked for guest speakers for its students, I recommended Sanford Berman. The condescending response I received was that they wanted speakers that their students might "know" who would inspire librarians of "the future." Berman's work is included in library coursework, his work is discussed on librarian blogs and websites, library media continue to ask for interviews, he continues to receive awards and give speeches.
Yesterday I searched for "Sandy Berman" on Twitter and found many feeds where young persons both librarians and non-librarians were tweeting about Sandy. Many of them had just discovered his work. They said that his work and his life so inspired them.
Sandy Berman and his work are and will always be relevant to librarians and anyone who seeks information and finds it following the guide he and those who have followed his example have given to us.
I started this site in 2002 when the Hennepin County Library System removed Sandy's catalog from their servers and consigned the raw data to the ALA archives at the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana, where it has been left in prison all these years.
It is time for a jail break!!! If there is anyone out there who can convert the MARC format of the Berman catalog to XML or some other searchable format
let me know!
The Berman catalog can be published on the internet for "scholarly and research purposes."
IT IS TIME TO LIBERATE SANDY BERMAN'S CATALOG FROM PRISON NOW!!! While Sandy is still with us.
The Berman Catalog - free for all to download