19 Int'l Soc. Work 1 (1976)

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Message from the Editorial Committee


T HIS issue bids farewell   to Mrs. Elizabeth
      E.  Irvine as editor-in-chief and wel-
      comes  a new  editorial team. Mrs. Irvine
of  the Department  of Social  Administration
and  Social Work,   University of York, Eng-
land,  agreed  at the  international meetings
of  the ICSW,   IASSW,   and  IFSW   held in
Helsinki in  1968   to translate into reality
the  new  ambitions that all three organiza-
tions cherished for the Journal. It was their
desire  that original rather  than  reprinted
material on  new  or significant developments
in social policy and social welfare, in social
work   education  and  social work   practice
would  be made  available to the international
social welfare  community.   The  hope   was
expressed  that closer editorial attention to
content and  format  would  produce  a  more
readable  as well as a more  interesting jour-
ncl, thus extending its influence more widely
throughout  the world.

   Mrs. Irvine began  her six year labour of
love as editor-in-chief as the right person at
the time  to push towards  the realization of
the ambitions  and hopes  of the three spon-
soring organizations. Her  success has  been
evident  in  the  range  of  subject  matters
covered  and  in the consistent quality of her
creative editing which  has brought  out the
best in the contributions of authors, many of
whom   have  had   to present their ideas  in
a  language  that is not their native tongue.
She  has  selected articles, discovered contri-
butors, and   handled  questions of  geogra-
phical spread  with a keen  understanding of
the need  for both quality and universality.

   To many   of us, however, Mrs.  Irvine will
best  be remembered   for the extra ordinary
clarity and  sagacity of  her  editorial com-
ments  which, through descriptions of the arti-
cles in each  issue, informed and  delighted
journal  readers. She   touched  in felicitous
language  and  often with telling wit on many


of  the major  issues confronting the  social
work  profession and the social welfare field.

   In this farewell to Mrs. Irvine, the ICSW,
IASSW,   and IFSW   pay tribute to her great
talents as an  editor and  to the dedication
which  led her  to continue the difficult task
of  organizing and   editing the contents of
each  issue even after her retirement from the
University of York which  had  provided sup-
porting services. We shall miss her as editor-
in-chief but hope that, in her new leisure, she
will have  more  time to write and  to share
with  readers  of International Social Work
the fruits of her distinguished career  as a
social work  educator.
   The Editorial Committee now  presents with
pride  and  pleasure  Dr. Werner   Boehm   of
Rutgers  University in the United  States as
the  new    editor-in-chief and  Dr.  Joseph
Neipris  of Hebrew   University in  Israel as
the new  book  review editor for the Journal.
Both  are  social work  educators of  distinc-
tion in their own  countries and  both  have
had   wide   international experience.  They
work  easily in many  languages  and  are  at
home   in the world of professional literature.
Dr.  Boehm   will be  recognized  particularly
as  the Director and  Coordinator  of the 13
volume   curriculum study  published  by  the
U.S.  Council on  Social Work   Education  in
1959.  He is at present Director of the Center
for  International and   Comparative   Social
Welfare  as well as professor of Social Work
at Rutgers University. We welcome  Dr. Boehm
and  Dr. Neipris to their new  responsibilities
and   look  forward  to  continuing  editorial
excellence  and  a  steady  growth  of  Inter-
national  Social Work   as  a  Journal which
speaks   eloquently  and  authoritatively for
social work  and   social welfare all around
the  world.
                    Katherine A.  Kendall for
                    The Editorial Committee

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