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As librarians perform many and varied roles, so inevitably do they develop and display similarly varied strengths and personal specialties. Some are known primarily as collectors, building great holdings for the libraries they serve. Others are efficient administrators, distinguished for their managerial skills. A few are bibliographers of note, engaged in the scholarship of recording and describing the literature of their field. Still others concentrate on teaching and counseling their readers in the methods and materials of research. There are also some who are recognized for their talents in designing and creating library buildings and facilities. Most library directors, over their careers, are engaged to some degree in all of these functions, but each particularly enjoys and becomes known for only one or two.

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A Tribute to George Alfred Strait, 70 Iowa Law Review 761 (1984)

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