WHEN the history of librarianship comes to be written, the closing years of the 19th, and the opening ones of the 20th centuries must be recorded as a period of great advancement. In every department of the profession is the advancement pronounced. Elaborate systems of classification have been perfected, cataloguing in its varied branches has been brought to a fine art, and special provision for children has, in some places, been carried so far as to be almost overdone. Specialisation for the uplifting of the masses has been the order of the day in every section, and in the near future the public libraries will compel recognition as educational centres. Not the least important part in this library awakening has been the education of the librarian, and it is now generally admitted that for efficient library service a man must not only be welleducated, but highly trained in his work. Professional bibliographies and carefully planned courses of study are the signs of this advancement, and the provision of suitable literature to meet the higher educational demands, is one of the most pressing needs of our time.
New Library World – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 1, 1914