We become more convinced daily that some form of publicity for libraries is necessary which shall have a persistence equal to that of the apparently imperishable public notions on the subject. We ask our readers to study the report of the Inaugural Meeting of the L.A.A. as one evidence of the necessity. Here we had a prominent young literary man, editor of the choicest literary monthly we possess, a man of a fine culture withal, expressing views of public libraries which were obsolete in the nineties. As, for example, the average issue of fiction is ninety per cent. and that fiction, of course, of the inferior variety. Then, advocating a limited open access for selected readerswe wonder who would make the selectionbecause such access is highly desirable, but unlimited openaccess would turn the library into a bear garden. Finally, expressing the view or at least implying it that libraries grew by a method of fortuitous accretion, and librarians never exercised selection. It seems incredible, does it not Of course, in a journal for library workers, a traversing of such statements is unnecessary but the statements cry aloud that the public men of today need a new education in library affairs.
New Library World – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 1, 1921
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