We’re trialling the Times Literary Supplement Archive (1902-2005) at the moment and I thought I’d have a bit of a play and see what I could find.
I searched for “librarian” on a whim limiting to articles. (I didn’t do that initially and got thousands of situations vacant for librarians. Out of interest, in 1976 the salary range for a “chartered librarian” was £3,000 – 6,000.)
Anyway, I came across a few little gems:
Libraries and Bibliography
Article by Thursfield, James Richard, Sir
The Times Literary Supplement.
August 8, 1902. Page 235.
‘“The true University of these days,” said Carlyle, “is a collection of books.” For all who take knowledge seriously and pursue it strenuously the library has superseded the professor.’
Hmm, people often think that the Internet has superseded libraries!
And there was a bit of a discussion raging in the paper on the purpose of a free library:
‘…the true function of a free library, which is to cater for the ordinary reader (with limited means) in his leisure, not to help any specialist, and certainly not to assist the man in his business or profession.’
I wonder what those public librarians among us think of that?