Library Media Manual

Library Media Manual

Submitter: I wanted to share some photos of a book I inherited when I became the Library Media Specialist at the [Middle School] in [NJ].  It is entitled “Library / Media Manual,” by Diana L. Spirt.  It was published in 1979 by the H.W. Wilson Company.  Ms. Spirt was a professor of Library Science at the Palmer Graduate School of C.W. Post, Long Island University, on Long Island (the Palmer School is still going strong educating folk in the library and information fields!).

Holly: I’m sure this was a great book in 1979.  Ya know, folks, Mary and I wrote a library science textbook too.  (Shameless promotion!  It’s available at  I sincerely hope that any libraries that purchase our book will WEED it within 10 years or so!  I’ll bet author Spirt feels the same.


  1. Whenever I whip out the slide projector for presentations, I’m amazed how many young ones say, “Ooh, what’s this? Is it something new?” No, kid, it’s not at all new, and don’t get too attached to it because it’s on its way out as we’re speaking.

  2. Are you just selling your textbook in th UK? The link takes us to the UK version of Amazon.

    1. Yes we are selling in the UK for Chandos. We are with Neal-Schuman in the US. It is also in Amazon too.

  3. I have three slide projectors sitting in my office, plus a 16mm and a ViewMaster. I’d love to get rid of them (we have one of each residing in Rare Books because there are also Rare slide trays and film and ViewMaster sets) but I’m not allowed.

  4. I think I have that dictionary on the upper right. What’s in the upper left? Filmstrips? I can’t tell over the glare…

  5. Upper left hand corner looks like LPs, among other things. Film canisters? And rolls of (camera) film. Cassettes. And something that looks like a giant cheeseburger.

  6. I’m getting nostalgic just looking at that cover. Not to mention hungry for a cheeseburger.

  7. In the museum library in which I volunteer, we’ve repurposed two library card catalog racks like the ones shown to house a massive collection of color slides. And I’ve snatched several slide projectors out of dumpsters so far, just for parts and bulb supply.

  8. Re: Martha’s comments, above. I don’t know what the giant cheeseburger is supposed to be, either (maybe it really IS a cheesburger), but I do see film canisters, holders for microfilm, and audiotape cassettes (that row of white things).

  9. Back in the 1960’s I was required to to take a hands-on course in media. I managed to blow up three movie projectors in one day. Exploding bulbs make for wild excitement.

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