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Commentary 12 LIBRARY REVIEW published in this symposium in our Winter and in our current FIFTEE N years ago what we issues, will have gathered that the regarded as the best brains of the general view is that action is called library movement were devoted to for, and it can hardly be thought the compilation of a Report on that the Council of the Library Public Libraries in England and Association can evade taking some Wales, later published as Cmd. sort of action. It may be that a 2868. This Report was a typical reorganisation of local government piece of Civil Service work,— areas, so boldly discussed by Mr. saying in a thousand words what McColvin, has already been con­ the average thinking man would sidered by the Government. We say in three sentences. The work should not be surprised if that is of producing it was given close so. Many changes are overdue. attention by the Library Associa­ All sorts of vested interests are tion, and generally its findings were going to have a thin time of it. Th e in line with the Council of the day. extraordinary fact is that many Although it cost upwards of £2,000 people credited as being thought­ to produce, not a great deal of ful do not appear to realise this. result came from its publication. It will, indeed, be understood that Some correspondents have if it had been the almost perfect indicated that although the document the mandarins of the McColvin Report may not be profession imagined it to be, a acceptable in its entirety, its Report by Mr. McColvin would chapters contain recommendations not have been called for. which deserve examination. That is so, and we trust that even those Looking over Cmd. 2868, and who have been most vicious in reflecting on the much to do and their attacks on Mr. McColvin's the little done, every thinking work will realise the fact. The person mus t welcome th e McColvin profession in the past has suffered Repor t That need hardly be said. overmuch from private feuds. Readers who have read the views http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Review Emerald Publishing

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Library Review , Volume 9 (1): 1 – Jan 1, 1943

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0024-2535
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10.1108/eb012057
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12 LIBRARY REVIEW published in this symposium in our Winter and in our current FIFTEE N years ago what we issues, will have gathered that the regarded as the best brains of the general view is that action is called library movement were devoted to for, and it can hardly be thought the compilation of a Report on that the Council of the Library Public Libraries in England and Association can evade taking some Wales, later published as Cmd. sort of action. It may be that a 2868. This Report was a typical reorganisation of local government piece of Civil Service work,— areas, so boldly discussed by Mr. saying in a thousand words what McColvin, has already been con­ the average thinking man would sidered by the Government. We say in three sentences. The work should not be surprised if that is of producing it was given close so. Many changes are overdue. attention by the Library Associa­ All sorts of vested interests are tion, and generally its findings were going to have a thin time of it. Th e in line with the Council of the day. extraordinary fact is that many Although it cost upwards of £2,000 people credited as being thought­ to produce, not a great deal of ful do not appear to realise this. result came from its publication. It will, indeed, be understood that Some correspondents have if it had been the almost perfect indicated that although the document the mandarins of the McColvin Report may not be profession imagined it to be, a acceptable in its entirety, its Report by Mr. McColvin would chapters contain recommendations not have been called for. which deserve examination. That is so, and we trust that even those Looking over Cmd. 2868, and who have been most vicious in reflecting on the much to do and their attacks on Mr. McColvin's the little done, every thinking work will realise the fact. The person mus t welcome th e McColvin profession in the past has suffered Repor t That need hardly be said. overmuch from private feuds. Readers who have read the views

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Library ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1943

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