A nineteenth century library and its librarian: factotum, bookman or professional

Reynolds, S 2007, 'A nineteenth century library and its librarian: factotum, bookman or professional', The Australian Library Journal, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 282-310.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title A nineteenth century library and its librarian: factotum, bookman or professional
Author(s) Reynolds, S
Year 2007
Journal name The Australian Library Journal
Volume number 56
Issue number 3
Start page 282
End page 310
Total pages 28
Publisher Australian Library and Information Association Ltd.
Abstract The recurring question of 'what is a librarian?' was of as much interest in the new Colony of Victoria in the nineteenth century as it is in the 21st century. From 1854 to 1864, during a protracted endeavour to convince the colonial government to include in its civil establishment, and thus pay for, a librarian for the Supreme Court Library, the designation 'librarian' was applied expediently to various people performing a variety of tasks in the Library, depending on the arguments being presented to the Government by the Library Committee, which included Sir Redmond Barry, or by the Government in response.
Subject Librarianship
Copyright notice © 2007 Australian Library and Information Association
ISSN 0004-9670
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