Librarianship abounds in theor‐ies. Financial stringency has held back many a would‐be progressive practitioner and turned him into a somewhat wistful thinker. It is so gratifying to offset a mundane achievement by contemplating what might have been under betterconditions. Occasionally a few pro‐gressive practitioners, able or fortun‐ate enough to loosen the bonds a little and avoid repressions, emerge as lucid thinkers, and a Jast or a Savage or a McColvin shakes the library world. The lucidity of an able mind, which sees where it wants to go and why, often brings unexpected and undesirable reper‐cussions. The easy exposition of a difficult theory is disarming, and the lesser mind, lethargic after a ‐losing battle against conditions, lulled into a pleasant day‐dream around once fondly imagined ideals now lost in the battle for survival, sees in the more imaginative ap‐proach of the greater mind a heaven‐sent solution to its problems.
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