1979: Climate Change, in Librarians’ Terms

March 06, 2016

50 Years of Covers

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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Good intentions gone awry: Librarians at Winthrop College, in Rock Hill, S.C., warned that President Carter’s energy-saving order to keep public buildings hotter in summer would ruin their books. “Mold began to grow and spread through the library’s collection,” we reported, “soon after the college adopted a voluntary energy-saving program much like the one the White House was developing.” Limits on the library’s use of air-conditioning were soon dropped. Today, Winthrop University’s library houses more than half a million volumes. Meanwhile, in something of a prelude to current events, representatives at a conference of church-related colleges were urged to resist “secularization” and undue government regulation of their institutions.