Libraries: A Monthly Review of Library Matters and Methods, Volume 1

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Library Bureau, 1896 - Libraries
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Page 145 - There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neighbors good. One person I have to make good : myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy — if I may.
Page 6 - That efficiency in library administration can best bo obtained through the applications of the cardinal principles of an enlightened civil service, viz, the absolute exclusion of all political and personal influence; appointment for definitely ascertained fitness; promotion for merit, and retention during good behavior; and Besolred, That, in the opinion of this association, in largo public libraries, subordinate employees should, so far as possible, be selected by competitive examination, followed...
Page 181 - A reader's guide to contemporary literature, being the first supplement to the Best books. A reader's guide to the choice of the best available books...
Page 8 - ... of shelving leaves more elbowroom in passing, admits more light, and provides a temporary resting-place for books in use or in transit. Three feet between floor-cases is ample for all purposes of administration. No shelf, in any form of book-case, should be higher than a person of moderate height can reach without a step-ladder. Shelving for folios and quartos should be provided in every bookroom. Straight flights are preferable to circular stairs. Communication by speaking tubes and bells should...
Page 157 - I do not wish even to disparage the efforts of Governments in the cause of education. But even education will not give you all that you want. What you want to develop in your race is the art of thinking, and thinking is an art which stands a very good chance of perishing from amongst us altogether. The risks to which independent thinking is exposed, when you come to reckon them up, are manifold and dangerous. I think the press, with all its great merits, is one of the greatest enemies of independent...
Page 9 - ... nothing. As a rule, people read books of a higher intellectual and moral standard than their own, and hence are benefited by reading. Novels of an immoral tendency, or even of an equivocal character, are excluded from the collection. * * • An inquiry has recently been made to ascertain the proportion of youth below the age of 16 who take books from the library.
Page 114 - In the past few years the work of a librarian has come to 'be regarded as a distinct profession, affording opportunities of usefulness in the educational field inferior to no other, and requiring superior abilities to discharge its duties well.
Page 41 - The number of each line, called the accession number, is written on the first page after the title-page of the book described on that line. The accession book is a life history of every book in the library. It forms such a record as any business-like person would wish to have of property entrusted to his care.
Page 136 - A collection of books and other literary material kept for reading, study and consultation. 2. A place, building, room or rooms set apart for the keeping and use of a collection of books, etc.
Page 160 - It does not matter how many, but how good, books you have. It is much better to trust yourself to a few good authors than to wander through several.

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