The idea of a Library Advisory Council does not loom up suddenly within the orbit of librarians' thought from nowhere. Its emergence as a practical and desirable modus operandi for the solution of present difficulties and the shaping of future library ends, is the result of much heartsearching and mature reflection, represents the fruits of bitter experience. It is at one and the same time an admission of past failure and an augury for future success. The failure being the inability of public library services to meet fully the actual requirements of modern society within the restrictive bounds of their present financial and administrative framework; the augury for future success being the acceptance by the central government of the thesis that the undeveloped potential of libraries as educative factors is worthy of consideration and that a real necessity arises to constitute an advisory body for the encouragement and extension of such services.
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