Bahr, Alice Harrison 1946-

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BAHR, Alice Harrison 1946-

PERSONAL: Born July 24, 1946, in New York, NY; daughter of Arthur (a railroad worker) and Charlotte M. (a waitress; maiden name, Waterstradt) Harrison; married Robert A. Bahr (a writer and publisher), February 14, 1971; children: Keith, Aimee. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Temple University, B.A., 1968; Drexel University, M.L.S., 1972; Lehigh University, M.A., 1975, Ph.D., 1980. Hobbies and other interests: Scuba diving, reading.

ADDRESSES: Home—Mobile, AL. Office—Library, Spring Hill College, 4000 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36608. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, assistant reference librarian, 1970-74; Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA, adjunct faculty member, 1978-82; Libraries at Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg Colleges, Allentown, project librarian, 1980-88; Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL, director of library, 1988—, adjunct member of English faculty, 1989, associate professor, 1993-99, professor, 1999—. Institute for Legal and Ethical Issues in the New Information Era, participant, 2000.

MEMBER: American Library Association, Association of College and University Libraries (chair of research for college librarianship committee, college libraries section, 1998-2000), Network of Alabama Academic Libraries.


Book Theft and Library Security Systems, 1978-79, Knowledge Industry Publications (White Plains, NY), 1978, 2nd edition published as Book Theft and Library Security Systems, 1981-82, 1981.

Microforms: The Librarian's View, 1978-79, Knowledge Industry Publications (White Plains, NY), 1978.

Automated Library Circulation Systems, 1979-80, Knowledge Industry Publications (White Plains, NY), 1979.

(Editor) Future Teaching Roles for Academic Librarians, Haworth Press (New York, NY), 2000.

(Editor) InPrint: A Directory of Publishing Opportunities for College Librarians (Internet publication), Association of College and Research Libraries, 2001.

Contributor to books, including The Library and Information Manager's Guide to Online Services, edited by Ryan E. Hoover, Knowledge Industry Publications (White Plains, NY), 1980. Contributor of articles, poems, and short fiction to library journals and other periodicals, including White Rock Review, Wind/Literary Journal, Parade, Pennsylvania English, Skylark, Alabama Librarian, Library Trends, and Technical Services Quarterly. Founding editor and editor-in-chief, College and Undergraduate Libraries, 1990-99; guest editor, Library and Archival Security, 1991.

WORK IN PROGRESS: An assessment of the quality of coauthored papers; short stories.

SIDELIGHTS: Alice Harrison Bahr told CA: "Every English major has some instinct for writing, albeit sometimes only the desire exists, not the talent. As a librarian, I've had ample opportunity to write. Much of that writing was the result of combating day-to-day problems. Just as a fiction writer's feelings speak for others, I knew that local problems had a national audience. As a result of that activity and as a long-term commitment to the contributions that smaller academic institutions make to the quality of individual lives and to education as a whole, I have become passionate about encouraging college librarians to publish.

"On a daily basis, college librarians solve practical problems in innovative ways: rethink organizational structure as a way of life, creatively do more with less, and often play a major role in the lives of their institutions, teaching, chairing committees, leading in the merger of computer and library services. Unfortunately, the workloads of college librarians prevent wide circulation of their accomplishment and leave research unique to their institutions undone."