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The Library World Volume 36 Issue 8

The Library World Volume 36 Issue 8 OUR pages continue the discussion on bookdisplay, about which all has not been said by any means. The ingenious librarian will always sharpen his wits upon the attracting of readers, and the main problem in the matter is merely what sort of reader is it most desirable to attract We do not apologise for this reiteration, because it is the fundamental subject now facing librarians. We are not in the least moved by a comment in a contemporary that we are decrying libraries when we assert, and in spite of him we do assert, that fiction issues nearly all over London show a decline. That decline, we repeat, is due to the slight increase in the employment of readers, and to cheap fiction libraries. What the public librarian has to decide is if he shall compete with such libraries or more definitely diverge from them. If a middle course is preferredas it usually is by Britonswhat is that course Ultimately, is the educated reader to be the standard for whom the library works, or the uneducated Or, to put it another way, is the librarian in any way responsible for the quality of the books his community reads Our readers, young and not so young, are invited to help us to answers to these live questions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Library World Emerald Publishing

The Library World Volume 36 Issue 8

New Library World , Volume 36 (8): 25 – Feb 1, 1934

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0307-4803
DOI
10.1108/eb009164
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Abstract

OUR pages continue the discussion on bookdisplay, about which all has not been said by any means. The ingenious librarian will always sharpen his wits upon the attracting of readers, and the main problem in the matter is merely what sort of reader is it most desirable to attract We do not apologise for this reiteration, because it is the fundamental subject now facing librarians. We are not in the least moved by a comment in a contemporary that we are decrying libraries when we assert, and in spite of him we do assert, that fiction issues nearly all over London show a decline. That decline, we repeat, is due to the slight increase in the employment of readers, and to cheap fiction libraries. What the public librarian has to decide is if he shall compete with such libraries or more definitely diverge from them. If a middle course is preferredas it usually is by Britonswhat is that course Ultimately, is the educated reader to be the standard for whom the library works, or the uneducated Or, to put it another way, is the librarian in any way responsible for the quality of the books his community reads Our readers, young and not so young, are invited to help us to answers to these live questions.

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New Library WorldEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 1934

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