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Publication date: 1 December 1998

Peter Hoare

The development of a society reliant on information is traced from the scientific revolutions of the mid‐seventeenth century. Throughout Europe (and later the world) this…

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The development of a society reliant on information is traced from the scientific revolutions of the mid‐seventeenth century. Throughout Europe (and later the world) this led to new methods of dissemination and control of published information, through libraries and other institutions, and more recently through the application of electronic technology. The term “information society” should not be restricted to an IT‐based culture: the roots are much deeper and the concept of information continues a long tradition.

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Library Review, vol. 47 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 29 June 2010

Ingrid Jeacle

This paper aims to consider the role of the bank clerk in the Victorian era and to provide insights into clerical life in a London bank during the period.

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Purpose

This paper aims to consider the role of the bank clerk in the Victorian era and to provide insights into clerical life in a London bank during the period.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper draws on the archival records of Hoare and Company. Founded in the seventeenth century, it is the oldest surviving independent bank in the UK.

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Drawing on the company's archival records, the paper examines issues such as recruitment, house rules, acts of paternalism and the overwhelming concern with maintaining respectability. While Hoare's clerks humorously referred to themselves as the Association of the Sons of Toil, the records support the literature in revealing the relatively cosseted career of the bank clerk within Victorian clerical circles. He generally enjoyed a higher salary, longer holidays and more favourable working conditions than his clerical counterparts. It was therefore a highly sought after position. Only those of impeccable character however, were recruited into its ranks.

Practical implications

The paper suggests the potential significance of Victorian values to the recruitment and general working conditions of contemporary members of the financial community.

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The paper's value lies in supplementing the existing literature with further insights into the life of the Victorian bank clerk.

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Journal of Management History, vol. 16 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1751-1348

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Publication date: 1 February 1991

Peter Hoare

The Librarians of Glasgow University since 1641 are identified, andtheir periods of office summarised and assessed as far as informationallows. The terms of appointment in…

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The Librarians of Glasgow University since 1641 are identified, and their periods of office summarised and assessed as far as information allows. The terms of appointment in early years and pattern of town and university alternating nominations are outlined, and the gradual development of the post into that of a professional librarian in the twentieth century is illustrated.

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Library Review, vol. 40 no. 2/3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 1 April 1977

THE Reference Department of Paisley Central Library today occupies the room which was the original Public Library built in 1870 and opened to the public in April 1871…

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THE Reference Department of Paisley Central Library today occupies the room which was the original Public Library built in 1870 and opened to the public in April 1871. Since that date two extensions to the building have taken place. The first, in 1882, provided a separate room for both Reference and Lending libraries; the second, opened in 1938, provided a new Children's Department. Together with the original cost of the building, these extensions were entirely financed by Sir Peter Coats, James Coats of Auchendrane and Daniel Coats respectively. The people of Paisley indeed owe much to this one family, whose generosity was great. They not only provided the capital required but continued to donate many useful and often extremely valuable works of reference over the many years that followed. In 1975 Paisley Library was incorporated in the new Renfrew District library service.

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Library Review, vol. 26 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 1 May 1989

David Fisher, Wilfred Ashworth, Ruth Kerns, Terry Hanstock, John C. Crawford and Wilfred Ashworth

My conclusion is that by far the most effective way forward is to aim for a full unification of the Institute of Information Scientists, Aslib and The Library Association…

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My conclusion is that by far the most effective way forward is to aim for a full unification of the Institute of Information Scientists, Aslib and The Library Association, and to set a short but realistic time scale within which this should be achieved. I would propose two and a half years as an appropriate length of time.

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New Library World, vol. 90 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 December 1994

K.C. Harrison

Regrets the disappearance of library history from the curricula oflibrary schools. Reports the good work done by the Library History Groupof the Library Association since…

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Regrets the disappearance of library history from the curricula of library schools. Reports the good work done by the Library History Group of the Library Association since its inception over 30 years ago, but suggests that membership of the Group is too low. More interest in its work should be shown by Library Association members. Deplores the wanton discarding of historical records by present‐day librarians and suggests that all libraries should maintain and develop an archive of their own history and progress. Between now and the advent of the next century there will be many anniversaries, offering opportunities for further research, building on what has already been done. Recommends and lists some source materials, useful for beginners in the study of library history.

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Library Review, vol. 43 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 19 June 2007

Bob Duckett

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Reference Reviews, vol. 21 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0950-4125

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Publication date: 1 May 1969

THERE has recently sprung up a great interest in antiques, probably due to Arthur Negus and his TV and broadcast programmes, and perhaps it is this which has made county…

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THERE has recently sprung up a great interest in antiques, probably due to Arthur Negus and his TV and broadcast programmes, and perhaps it is this which has made county librarians also, think about their past and their beginnings. Gloucestershire was the first to become aware of the fact that its library was fifty years old, and that a genuine antique, in the shape of its first librarian, still existed and could be questioned about the early days. So in December, 1967, the Gloucestershire Library Committee staged a most successful 50th birthday party, and invited me to cut the birthday cake, on which were 50 candles! And a very great occasion it was.

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New Library World, vol. 70 no. 11
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ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 October 1982

Clive Bingley, Allan Bunch and Edwin Fleming

HOW DREAR the month of August seemed, bereft as it was of any issue of that influential and deservedly world‐famous organ, the Library Association record. For its masters…

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HOW DREAR the month of August seemed, bereft as it was of any issue of that influential and deservedly world‐famous organ, the Library Association record. For its masters have now decreed that July and August should be combined into a single issue, which they call ‘Numbers 7 & 8’ (which is cheating—suppose I gave two numbers to each issue of NLW, and then proudly claimed to publish 24 issues per year!).

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New Library World, vol. 83 no. 10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 May 1995

Geoffrey Forster

Outlines the aims and history of the Association of IndependentLibraries (AIL) since its foundation in 1989. Describes the backgroundto the conference, “Mapping the…

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Outlines the aims and history of the Association of Independent Libraries (AIL) since its foundation in 1989. Describes the background to the conference, “Mapping the library landscape”, comprising the Association′s fifth annual meeting, which was held on 11 June 1994. Lists the members of the AIL.

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Library Review, vol. 44 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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