ALREADY the reports that reach us show in many places that a general staking out of claims is in progress. The whole of municipal and other official life and almost every town seethes with the fervour of reconstruction. Most of the rumours concern projects which are of a rather nebulous kind but, so far as local government departments are concerned, the development of council work has become so extensive that new buildings or extensions of old ones are in prospect or are proposed, almost everywhere. Unfortunately in many instances we can discern the influence of those departments which are nearest to the routine council administration and only occasionally is the laudable plan adopted of giving consideration as a whole and as a unity to all the council services. In the clamour that follows libraries have a very low priority, even where education is recognized. Librarians would do well to be vigilant this winter. Even if they contemplate no immediate extension of their work, let them consider what ten or even twenty years may bring. After the first flush of victory—which, however appears to be a little further away than it seemed a month ago—there will follow a long lean era for all but the matters which are forced upon authorities. It is well then to have a considered plan ready.
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