30 September 2015

The benefits of persistent librarianship

From inside the rear cover of a 1951 non-fiction book in the Wellington library collection, an old issue slip records the persistent efforts of the city librarian in September and October 1961 to recover the overdue book from someone's son, perhaps young Master Pascoe.  Weekly reminders climaxed in the dramatic 'Father took message', which seems to have done the trick. Thanks, 1961 Librarian - without you, I wouldn't have been able to enjoy this book 54 years later. And thanks too to the modern Wellington City Library, for not turfing out older (but still lovely) books like this one, in a climate where so many libraries are divesting themselves of wonderful older tomes.
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