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One Man's Beginnings

One Man's Beginnings F A curious feature of our profession is the paucity of attention given to its human elements. We are too prone to lose sight of the fact that a library's place in the social fabric is determined not by technics or administrative niceties, but in the last resort by the anima, the personal spirit which lies behind them. With, for example, Draynefleete's new branch library we are familiar through photographs and drawings we approve its contemporaneity of style, its brisk aseptic social tone. But do we ask ourselves whether it is a creative library Do we give thought to the personal relationships involvedbetween members of the staff, between the staff and the public Is there a sense of confraternity, of oneness of purpose Units thrown together by chance or destiny, we spend a large part of our allotted span within the walls of a library, doing a job, liking or resenting it yet this vital aspect of our work seldom comes under scrutiny. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Review Emerald Publishing

One Man's Beginnings

Library Review , Volume 13 (2): 8 – Feb 1, 1951

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0024-2535
DOI
10.1108/eb012167
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Abstract

F A curious feature of our profession is the paucity of attention given to its human elements. We are too prone to lose sight of the fact that a library's place in the social fabric is determined not by technics or administrative niceties, but in the last resort by the anima, the personal spirit which lies behind them. With, for example, Draynefleete's new branch library we are familiar through photographs and drawings we approve its contemporaneity of style, its brisk aseptic social tone. But do we ask ourselves whether it is a creative library Do we give thought to the personal relationships involvedbetween members of the staff, between the staff and the public Is there a sense of confraternity, of oneness of purpose Units thrown together by chance or destiny, we spend a large part of our allotted span within the walls of a library, doing a job, liking or resenting it yet this vital aspect of our work seldom comes under scrutiny.

Journal

Library ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 1951

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