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The Library World Volume 53 Issue 6

The Library World Volume 53 Issue 6 WE look before and after at the beginning of 1951. The three cardinal dates in the history of the public library movementwhich is only the larger part of the national library servicewere 1850 which saw the legal origin of the movement 1919 when it was set free from the enforced poverty of sixtynine years, and 1950 when it reached what until today was its veritable apotheosis. General recognition, such as authority from the Crown to the humblest journal gave to public libraries, was something undreamed of not more than thirty years ago. Perhaps, now that some of the splendour of the commemoration has taken more sober colours, it is well to consider what was gained by it. First, the recognition is there and can scarcely be belittled by anyone hereafter we stand on a somewhat different platform now. We have the extremely valued recognition of our colleagues from libraries overseas. From these advantages all libraries and not only public libraries will in their own way profit. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Library World Emerald Publishing

The Library World Volume 53 Issue 6

New Library World , Volume 53 (6): 24 – Jun 1, 1951

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0307-4803
DOI
10.1108/eb009343
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Abstract

WE look before and after at the beginning of 1951. The three cardinal dates in the history of the public library movementwhich is only the larger part of the national library servicewere 1850 which saw the legal origin of the movement 1919 when it was set free from the enforced poverty of sixtynine years, and 1950 when it reached what until today was its veritable apotheosis. General recognition, such as authority from the Crown to the humblest journal gave to public libraries, was something undreamed of not more than thirty years ago. Perhaps, now that some of the splendour of the commemoration has taken more sober colours, it is well to consider what was gained by it. First, the recognition is there and can scarcely be belittled by anyone hereafter we stand on a somewhat different platform now. We have the extremely valued recognition of our colleagues from libraries overseas. From these advantages all libraries and not only public libraries will in their own way profit.

Journal

New Library WorldEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 1951

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