LIBRARY REVIEW 433 dozen of the 2,500 members of the Anglo-American Associated Booksellers subscribe to the Cumulative Book Index. Bibliography Useful as the work is to librarians, so far as booksellers are concerned BY R. D. MACLEOD. it should be regarded as an essential Much concern has been ex tool. A bookshop of any size that pressed by librarians, booksellers has not got the work is not in the and publishers at the recently- position to give full bookshop proclaimed decision of the H. W. service. Wilson Company to limit in future W e are glad to learn that a the Cumulative Book Index to titles further survey of the position is published in the United States and now being made, and that there is Canada. It may be suggested that a possibility that the Cumulative those who have followed with Book Index may be continued on interest and practical support the Anglo-American lines. It may be fortunes of this magnificent work, that a questionnaire will go out to and the other splendid guides overseas subscribers with a view published by the Wilson Company, to ascertaining whether they will cannot but feel somewhat sardonic actually pay higher rates in order at the noisiness of the protest. The to ensure the retention of the Cumulative Book Index has been foreign listings. before British librarians for many Th e solution to the question years, and the large majority have depends on whether libraries and had the opportunity of handling it, trading concerns and others and of subscribing to it; but interested are prepared to pay notwithstanding its patent useful higher rates; but it also depends ness and uniqueness the number of on a greatly increased number of libraries subscribing to it runs to subscribers coming forward to a few dozen only. And yet this is a give their support. If the range of tool without which no reference circulation of the work could be library can be complete. increased appreciably, there is little reason to doubt that the work will Th e Associated Booksellers in be continued; but unless that London have officially and for support is forthcoming there is no mally deplored the abandoning of ground for optimism. the foreign listings; yet only a few
Library Review – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 1, 1948
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