In the speech in which he introduced the new Education Bill, Mr. H. A. L. Fisher remarked that it did not deal with a number of special questions, “which must be the matter of another measure.” One of these questions was “libraries,” and we are now definitely face to face with the fact that the Board of Education are of opinion that libraries are within their purview. The report of the speech as it appears in The Times is not conclusive upon the point. “Libiaries,” as an auxiliary of education, may connote in the Minister's mind the mere provision of libraries in schools and teaching institutions generally. If that is so there is no particular reason for alarm, so long as the authorities recognize that even the management of school libraries is a matter for librarians rather than for teachers.
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