THE past month has brought no dramatic change in the general situation, great as have been the events that have been passing. So far as librarians are concerned, the remarkable fact has been that in most towns the demands made upon them have exceeded anything in their record. We do not know if this is the universal experience; it certainly is a well‐spread one. Our difficulties are not eased by the continuous call‐up of women assistants and the replacements which ensue. Some towns are unable to offer salaries to new comers which enables them to obtain competent assistants. Many of the temporary workers are doing well, however. Another progressively disturbing matter is the paucity of books, new or reprinted, and the small return for money spent on such as we do get. The only good thing about the “war‐time economy” book is its slenderness; we can get a hundred on a shelf where previously only thirty could be housed. The times do not lack small interests of this sort.
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