The Library Assistants' Corner

1895 Library  
The Library Assistants' Comtr. 419 portion of librarians to subordinate officers present Invitations to attend this particular meeting were addressed to most, if not all, of those eligible to be elected as members, but it cannot be overlooked that the business before the meeting was to approve rules, appoint officers, &c,' and not to consider the desirability or otherwise of forming such a society; this vital point had been settled beforehand. Presumably, there had been held preliminary private
more » ... preliminary private meetings of two or three choice spirits "known to be in sympathy," who arrogated to themselves the right to think and act for the librarians of London and the home counties. It was at these hole-and-corner assemblies, to which possible opponents were not invited, that the few persons present came to the conclusion that " the profession" stood badly in need of some such society. We have all heard of the tailors of Tooley Street, who posed as memorialists on behalf of the people of England. As these early gatherings were so select, I would take the liberty of suggesting that the word "limited" should be added to the name of the company-I should say, society. The description is already a trifle lengthy, but one word more will not greatly matter ; besides, in this case, it conveys so much. Until there are some visible signs that the society is likely to become more representative and to adopt some higher aims than those included in its prospectus, I, for one, shall hold aloof, and I venture to think that most London librarians will see tnatters in the same li^ht, and realise that the usefulness and dignity of their office will be imperilled and not enhanced by becoming members. As a caution to any public librarian who may guilelessly accept the invitation to express his views on the objects of the new society, I may mention that a friend of mine did so, and ventured, in his letter to the hon. secretary, to say that he did not approve of its formation. The secretary's reply, written on the official paper of the society, is couched in terms which are most discourteous and offensive, and clearly shows that envy and all uncharitableness are the predominant feelings which have brought into being the " Society of Public Librarians of London and the Home Counties." I beg to subscribe myself not a " public librarian "-a term to which I very much object-but LIBRARIAN OF A LONDON PUBLIC LIBRARY. Ube t&ibrarg assistants' Corner. [Questions on the subjects included in the syllabus of tht Library Association's examinations, and on matters affecting Library work generally are invited from Assistants engaged in Libraries. All signed communications addressed to Mr. /. f. Ogle, Fret Public Library, Bootle, will, as far as possible, be replied to in the pages of THE LIBRARY.] OUR advice of last month respecting books for a beginner in the study of bibliography has attracted the attention of the Manchester Guardian, and met with very unfavourable comment. It is, however, re-assuring to find that the only four titles of books recommended to the beginner by our critic, who improves on our advice by a little lecture and a list of books for the beginner, were first named by ourselves. True, other books are suggested, but in a very indefinite way, and the most important of them is not yet published. The competence of the adviser from the Manchester Guardian may be measuied by his sending beginners to consult the Bibliography of Belgian literature now being at
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