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Berman, Sanford (1933-) | The American Library Association Archives

Name: Berman, Sanford (1933-)

Historical Note: Sanford "Sandy" Berman was born in 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. In 1955 Berman received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles, and in 1961 received his M.S. in Library Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Berman began his professional career at the District of Columbia Public Library as Assistant Chief of the Acquisitions Department, and went on to work at the U.S. Army Special Forces Library in West Germany, Schiller College Library in West Germany, UCLA Research Library, University of Zambia Library, Makerere University Library in Uganda, and finally the Hennepin County Library (HCL) in Minnesota as Head Cataloger, where he worked for over twenty-five years. While with the HCL system and throughout his career, Berman advocated for free speech and access to information, and was also a vocal advocate for subject heading reforms, especially with regards to pejorative language in subject headings. In 1999 Berman retired from the Hennepin County Library.

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