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Growth of University Library Staff 1949. 1950. 1955. 1960. 1963. 1965. Sydney Melbourne Professional staff Other staff 28 6 16 22 10 5 5 5 TOTAL 34 38 15 10 Professional staff Other staff 30 7 24 18 8 6 12 5 10 1 TOTAL 37 42 14 17 11 Professional staff Other staff 31 13 22 19 10 15 16 8 10 6 TOTAL 44 41 25 24 16 Professional staff Other staff 55 20 35 42 15 34 21 20 22 12 TOTAL 75 77 49 41 34 Professional staff Other staff 76 22 34 59 18 54 32 43 16 29 TOTAL 98 93 72 75 45 Professional staff Other staff 108 21 47 75 24 70 38 51 22 38 TOTAL 129 122 94 89 60 Queensland Adelaide Western Australia [continued on next page 34 L.

It cannot be said that this meeting con­ tributed any further factual evidence or any deeper understanding of the situation. Indeed the general level of contribution to the discussion by specialist scholars there assembled was disappointingly poor. It is a little pointless to reiterate that many research workers in the Humanities find their research work hampered by the state of the Australian libraries. It is well known that a research worker in Western Europe may, in the course of his studies, need to utilize the resources of say a dozen libraries which have built up their collections over the past 400 or 500 years.

JOLLEY preserve of no one. It may take second place in each department's priorities, but second place is little consolation when only the first favourites have any hope of surviving. University libraries flourish in a period of general affluence, but when it becomes necessary to choose between the maintenance of an adequate library and the pursuit of special interests, then there are few who will sacrifice special interests in order to permit the maintenance of the library. And in most universities there is a fair minority who regard books as marginal luxuries and some who have never regarded them as more than necessary evils.

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