By H. Liebaers
IT began with the yankee Library organization (ALA) which desired to have fun its centenary in 1976 at its headquarters in Chicago. With 5 American librarians and non-librarians i used to be invited to offer a centennial paper. I declined the flattering supply simply because I had left the occupation and had no time to do any examine. I additional innocently, even if, that i might be thrilled to talk out of private event, for example at the impor tance of yank librarianship in my specialist lifestyles. This seasoned posal was once approved; I added the lecture and my textual content used to be revealed in Libraries and the lifestyles cif the brain. earlier than I had learn my paper in Chicago I bought a request from the foreign Federation of Library institutions (IFLA) to give a contribution with reminiscences of a President to the 50th anniver sary quantity of IFLA (1927-1977). For purposes with which I agreed IFLA didn't put up my paper in complete, resembling it truly is given right here as bankruptcy 10. i'm convinced that not anyone will evaluate the 2 types as a way to try and discover \\That has been skipped over within the past printing. different papers have seemed in German Festschrifts, one for Kurt Koster from Frankfurt-aiM (chapter 7) and one for Gerhard Liebers from Munster (chapter five) the previous being focussed to accord with the curiosity of the recipient on medieval Dutch manuscripts, the latter, for comparable purposes, on library buildings.
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And actually he did, and we even received as royalties two or three sets of the one hundred odd volumes of the bibliography. P. Kraus told me that he was earning his money with his reprints, while the manuscripts and rare books which he sold for thousands of dollars were actually gifts to the libraries. Neither of us believed this story. The reference to the national bibliography allows me to deal briefly with the legal deposit system in Belgium. It was one of the few industrialized countries where no legal deposit law existed although the national bibliography was not a trade publication as in Holland, but a government document.
Speaking about languages I must admit that my English seems to fade away the closer I come to local situations. I really do hope that in my struggle with Caxton's language I shall not lose too many nuances in what I want to convey. ) The staff I inherited comprised four groups, at least according to my criteria. Some very few elderly staff members, such as my former boss, Etienne Vauthier, and one or two others of whom I thought very highly. I was extremely cautious with them and I went on considering myself as their junior colleague.
They talked it over among themselves and their spokesman came to me. " That was all right with me and I was sure they wouldn't come. The next morning everything was normal, but a few days later they were there, equipped with drinks, food and guitars, and they made it quite clear to me that they were going to stay. I called the Minister and asked what I was supposed to do. " I told them they had better accept the proposal, which would allow me to keep the police out of the Library. Half a dozen went and, independently, I went also.
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