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Often, of course, there are reliable quarries from which one may fetch a block of notes, and then one's work is that of transit and ac. knowledgment only, but this is not always the case. Better, however, no note at all than misleading or inaccurate statements or than tran. scriptions of the utterly obvious.
Some of the best quarry books for annotation purposes are the following: Allibone's Dictionary ; Sargant and Whishaw's Guide Book to Books ; Campbell's National and International Bibliography; Sturgis and Krehbiel's Bibl. of Fine Art; Leypoldt and Iles' Books for Girls and Women ; Hall and Mansfield's Bibl. of Education ; Bowker and Iles' Readers' Guide in Economic Science; Mill's Choice of Geographical Books; and for notes on subject-headings Acland's Guide to the Choice of Books.
Summer School Entrants. The following paragraph from Mr. Dewey's report to the Chatauqua Conference will interest library assistants :
“The New York State Library School is steadily raising its standards. We have voted to decline candidates for the summer school unless they have had considerable experience in library work. We are afraid of the people who come for a short course and delude themselves with the idea that they are professional librarians because they have attended a school for two weeks. The register of the school shows it has filled, during the ten years of its existence, 535 positions, more than half of them outside New York State, scattered through the entire United States and four or five foreign countries."
When shall we have such a training school in Britain ?
Lost Books. A Report on Open Shelves read to the last A. L. A. Conference devotes much space to minimising the importance of losses of books from libraries, and suggests reticence in reports as to losses. This may be necessary in American libraries where a much larger percentage of lost books is the rule than in British ones; but certainly an argument of the kind would have been more appropriate in another setting than its own. These remarks are made without prejudice to the policy of open shelves. Open shelves, by-the-bye, is a far better expression than open access. Librarians are very foolish who allow themselves to get angry over a question of policy, especially one started solely with a view to public advantage.
Bulletins and Journals. Public Library Bulletins do not seem to be so generally taken up as one would expect. Assistants would do well to get samples of all the kinds issued in Britain and some of the American ones, which usually differ widely in character and appearance from English journals. The Public Library Journal of Cardiff and Penarth is easily first of the British ones. The first volume has just been concluded. Mr. J. Ballinger, it is clear, would have been equally successful as a journalist had he chosen that path of life instead of librarianship. In special articles of suitable length, news which really interests, pithy paragraphs, well set out entries of new books, clear and beautiful illustrations and general get up, the work is a model; but what an enviable parish is his that contributes 2700 buyers per quarter. Long live Wales
NOTICES. MONTHLY MEETING, 12TH DECEMBER, 1898. The Second Meeting of the Session was held at 20 Hanover Square, with the Rev. Canon Milman, Vice-President, in the Chair, there being an attendance of thirty-six members with some visitors.
Mr. Frank Campbell, of the British Museum Library, in a short paper submitted a proposal for the formation of a Reference LIBRARY FOR THE USE Of The Association, of which the following is a brief outline :
He referred to the apparent unanimity of opinion that the Library Association should possess a Reference Library of its own; but pointed out that there would scarcely be any real enthusiasm for the object unless members realised more vividly the nature of the benefits which would accrue from its establishment.
Such a Library would be of special value1. To those who wished to study the subject of Library Administration
in all its branches. 2. To the Librarian-Bibliographer. 3. To the Lecturer on Library matters (who was at present greatly
handicapped owing to the absence of a proper supply of text-books
All who had theories of their own to propound, or who wished to examine and criticise other men's theories, would be able to obtain there the materials they required.
A Reference Library of the kind proposed should include :1. All the Official State Papers relative to the rise and progress of
the Free Public Library Movement (including also Foreign
Official Reports on the same subject). 2. The Lives and connected Writings of all who had identified them
selves with the Library cause. 3. The leading Journals (Home and Foreign) relating to Library
Economy and to Bibliography. 4. All the Publications of the Library Association and of the American
and Australasian Library Associations. 5. A representative collection of works relating to Library Economy
and Bibliography. 6. All the Publications (if required) forwarded to the Editor of the
Official Organ of the Association for review. 7. Reports and Publications of Public Libraries.
Mr. Campbell then referred to the housing of the Library. It was a real difficulty to know where to obtain sufficient space for it. Unless suitable space could be obtained at headquarters, the only alternative was to look elsewhere for some spot in the Metropolis, as central as possible.
Regarding this latter point and the rules and regulations of the Library Mr. Campbell invited special discussion, and concluded with an expression of hope that the establishment of the Library would not continue to remain a visionary matter, but would quickly assume a tangible shape.
Observations were offered by Messrs. MacAlister, G. Potter, H. Jones, L. S. Jast, T. Mason, A. Clarke, H. R. Tedder, R. A. Peddie, F. Pacy, H. Guppy, and the Chairman. The discussion turned principally upon the question of space, which was admittedly the chief difficulty; and upon the desirability of confining the efforts to the approval of delegates has, in the past, resulted in the loss to some Institutions of their votes and other privileges, and it is thought well to draw special attention to the matter at this time, when the subscriptions for the year 1899 are due. Any Library or Institution which may not already have duly appointed a delegate can obtain the requisite nomination form on application to the Hon. Secretary.
FRANK Pacy, 27th December, 1898.
Hon. Sucretary. Visitors will be welcome to the meeting. Light refreshments will be served at the commencement of the proceedings.
ANNUAL MEETING, 1899. The next annual meeting of the Library Association is to be held, for the second time, in the city of Manchester. Under the presidency of the late Rev. H. O. Coxe, Bodley's Librarian, the Association met at Manchester in 1879, and many of those who were privileged to be present on that occasion will look forward to the pleasure of again visiting that great centre of industry, and renewing acquaintance with its libraries and other educational institutions, while those who have yet to see them will undoubtedly be impressed by their number, interest, and importance.
The Manchester Public Libraries are extensive and numerous, the Reference Library, located in the old Town Hall being a truly magnificent collection of books which has outgrown the accommodation of the building in which it is housed.
Every librarian must be looking forward with the keenest interest to inspecting the treasures which have been accumulated in the great
a large and representative Reception Committee has been formed, with Alderman Rawson, a past president of the Library Association, as Chairman, Councillor Plummer as Treasurer, and Messrs. Sutton (Chief Librarian to the Corporation), E. Gordon Duff (Librarian of the Rylands Library), and B. H. Mullen (Chief Librarian of the Salford Public Libraries) as Secretaries. An Executive Committee formed from the larger body is already at work. Representatives of Salford have joined themselves in the work preparatory to the meeting, a fact which gives promise that opportunity will be found for including in the programme of proceedings a visit to that borough and an inspection of its museum and libraries.
MR. ALMA TADEMA'S GIFT TO THE ASSOCIATION OF A
DESIGN FOR A CORPORATE SEAL.
“ 17 GROVE END Road,
" 13th Dec., 1898. “DEAR MR. TEDDER,
"When last summer the Secretary of the Library Association offered me an opportunity of assisting in the noble work of your Association, by making a design for a crest or a seal, I gladly under. took to put my art at your service. I found it difficult to symbolise the
1 Mr. J. Y. W. MacAlister.