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The Library World Volume 9 Issue 5

The Library World Volume 9 Issue 5 EVERY librarian in his inmost heart dislikes newspapers. He regards them as bad literature attractors of undesirable readers a drain upon the limited resources of the library and a target against which the detractors of public libraries are constantly battering. From the standpoint of the librarian, newspapers are the most expensive and least productive articles stocked by a library, and their lavish provision is, perhaps, the most costly method of purchasing wastepaper ever devised. Pressure of circumstances and local conditions combine, however, to muzzle the average librarian, and the consequence is that a perfectly honest and outspoken discussion of the newspaper question is very rarely seen. In these circumstances, an attempt to marshal the arguments for and against the newspaper, together with some account of a successful practical experiment at limitation, may prove interesting to readers of this magazine. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Library World Emerald Publishing

The Library World Volume 9 Issue 5

New Library World , Volume 9 (5): 41 – Dec 1, 1906

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0307-4803
DOI
10.1108/eb008896
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Abstract

EVERY librarian in his inmost heart dislikes newspapers. He regards them as bad literature attractors of undesirable readers a drain upon the limited resources of the library and a target against which the detractors of public libraries are constantly battering. From the standpoint of the librarian, newspapers are the most expensive and least productive articles stocked by a library, and their lavish provision is, perhaps, the most costly method of purchasing wastepaper ever devised. Pressure of circumstances and local conditions combine, however, to muzzle the average librarian, and the consequence is that a perfectly honest and outspoken discussion of the newspaper question is very rarely seen. In these circumstances, an attempt to marshal the arguments for and against the newspaper, together with some account of a successful practical experiment at limitation, may prove interesting to readers of this magazine.

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New Library WorldEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 1906

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