The theme of the thirty‐fifth Annual Conference of ASLIB, held at Brighton from 28th to 30th September, was ‘Research in Special Library and Information Work’. Because of his sudden illness Lord Verulam was unfortunately unable to give his Presidential address. In his place, at very short notice, Professor. J. D. Bernal gave a talk on the importance of all library and information centres being organised with the user in mind. The idea of storing information, of collecting publications to preserve thereby the history of scientific knowledge on any subject was not the purpose of the library and information units run by members of ASLIB. Their aim was to be part — and a very valuable part —of the communication system whereby the latest knowledge was fed to the research worker.
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