I think that my part in the proceedings to‐night is certainly the easier part and I think that it is perhaps right that it should be the briefer part. I have to set, as your Chairman has said, a course which Mr. Mallaber has to follow, and I may, in setting the course, lead him into some rather murky and rough waters. We should therefore give him plenty of time to steer on an even keel through them.
A glance at the Aslib Calendar printed in the monthly bulletin, Aslib Information, will show that there has been great activity in the months since the Aslib Annual Conference in September, 1953. Indeed, the Branches and the London Headquarters together have organized so many meetings that only a proportion of the papers given thereat can be included in Aslib Proceedings. In order to preserve a record of activities, however, as far as possible the names of speakers and the titles of their papers will be mentioned in these introductory pages, a note being added when the paper is printed in the issue concerned.