“Hitherto,” remarked the Provost, Sir Gregory Foster, at the University College School of Librarianship Social on March 3rd, “The librarian has been in an unfortunate position. He was thought to know so much that it was unnecessary to teach him anything, and when he had been persuaded to become a librarian, it was thought to be unnecessary to pay him anything.” Allowing for a certain telling and colouring irony, this does really represent the position of some librarians in the past; and the hope that Sir Gregory Foster then expressed, which was echoed by Sir John MacAlister, that the new School would play its part in altering the position, is one that all librarians, however ruefully, must share. Ruefully, because the School was not established twenty or more years ago, so that they might have enjoyed its advantages, and have been prepared, in an orthodox academic sense, for the great days which are undoubtedly ahead for libraries and librarians.
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