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AN creation TO LIBRARY technology through PIERCE BUTLER. FOREWORD: THE Graduate Library college of the Uni versity of Chicago was once confirmed in 1926 in keeping with a hope at the a part of many librarians and enterprises attracted to schooling for librarianship library college could be supplied in reference to certainly one of Americas nice universities which might de vote itself to complex research and research within the box of librarianship. In urging the institution of this type of college its advocates have been inspired with the swiftly in creasing assets of yank libraries and their consequent transforming into complexity. They have been additionally confident of the need of delivering guide in accord with the top criteria of contemporary scholarship so that the main ef fective different types of library association and admin istration should be insured. The fast growth of public, county, institution, and distinctive libraries al so provided convincing facts that the relation ships of those agencies to society and gov ernment have been of this type of nature as to require con sideration as complete and scholarly as that given to the advance and path of social and financial associations. The college of Chicago, in assuming re sponsibility for the improvement of the sort of institution, has continuously saved those targets in brain. consequently, the Graduate Library institution, tested in this foundation, has undertaken to gain those goals during the organiza tion of its curricula, the equipment of investiga tion which it employs, and the correlation of its paintings with that of different colleges and departments of the collage which appear to have whatever of price to give a contribution to the research of librarian send. the varsity has additionally undertaken the publi cation of the Library Quarterly in which individuals of its employees and pupil physique, librari ans, and others could current the result of inves tigations or list major advancements within the numerous fields of library curiosity. as a way to hold this paintings additional, the varsity herewith starts the book of a chain of stories in Library technological know-how within which will seem at times the result of extra large reviews than can safely be provided throughout the pages of the Library Quarterly, the current quantity, An advent to Li brary technology is the 1st of those experiences to ap pear within the sequence. it's been ready by means of Dr. Pierce Butler, previously of the workers of the hot berry Library and now Professor of Bibliograph ical historical past within the Graduate Library tuition. because the identify shows, it's considering the honour of librarianship as a technological know-how. it may be mentioned, even if, that the identify will end up deceptive whether it is interpreted too liter best friend. the amount isn't really an easy guide which bargains with library ideas and approaches. to the contrary, throughout the essays which con stitute the amount. Dr. Butler units forth the es sential nature of technology as he conceives it, and exhibits how the issues of the trendy library as an enormous social establishment could be studied in accord with its spirit and techniques. during this re spect it displays the technique made by way of the varsity to librarianship and the perspective assumed by means of it within the learn and research of library prob lems. That many librarians won't agree that libra rianship can thoroughly be studied during this approach is to be taken with no consideration. transformations of opinion in this aspect have already been expressed and should remain. it's the wish of Dr. Butler and of the college, even if, that whereas this variety of opinion will live to tell the tale, those that carry this kind of opposite opinion will accord his presenta tion a sympathetic hearing...

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