THE discussions devoted to the organization and problems of special libraries and information departments have always been among the most popular at the annual conferences of the Association of Special Libraries and Information Bureaux, and the interest which was aroused by the symposium of papers on the organization of technical information services in industry arranged by the Society of Chemical Industry in October 1943 is further evidence that Mr. Wright's book should have a wide appeal. In contrast to Mr. J. L. Thornton's book on special library methods published in 1940, which was largely a survey of university and university college libraries and those of learned societies and institutions, Mr. Wright's book is a manual of practice, and has particular reference to the technical special libraries of commercial and Government establishments. Within its limits it is a thoroughly competent piece of work. The right points are emphasized and although some of its chapters, for example those on indexing and on classification, may be rather too condensed, it should meet a recognized need. While the manual contains little that is new, Mr. Wright has brought together information which a beginner might not easily trace, and such beginners, as the Association has discovered, are by no means rare.
Manual of Special Library Technique
With Particular Reference to the Technical Special Libraries of Commercial and Government Establishments. By J. E. Wright. Pp. viii + 104. (London:Association of Special Libraries and Information Bureaux, 1945.) 8s. 6d.