“With American citizens borrowing more than 550 million books a year from their public libraries, library administration becomes increasingly important. This is the first over-all guide to management principles in public libraries and their practical applications to appear in many years. It incorporates changing viewpoints and methods from a wide range of library situations, drawing as it does on hundreds of books and articles, bulletins, reports, and the best of creative thought in the whole field of library and business administration.
The book is addressed not only to library heads and administrative personnel but also to trustees, public officials such as mayors, city managers, councilmen and appropriating groups, and the laymen, all of whom need to understand what public libraries are supposed to accomplish and how they are managed and operated.
It is also intended for library school instruction and in-service training. Special librarians, college librarians, school librarians and administrators, and branch librarians will also find much material of value here, especially in the chapters on management and supervision of departments and units of service.
The five large sections cover overhead responsibility, organization, administration of public departments and activities, developing the book collection, and the business office and building problems. The authors have had the active encouragement and advice of hundreds of librarians and administrators in this work.” — flap copy
The Mahabharata: A Play Based Upon the Indian Classic Epic by Jean-Claude Carrière, translated from the French by Peter Brook, the 1987 first edition hardcover, from Harper & Row, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.
“One of the world’s greatest and most beloved legends dramatized into an acclaimed play—an international event in which the accumulated myth, legend, and wisdom of a people are made vivid to all.
It is Indian but universal. It is past by present. It is personal and immediate, full of high drama and tense story but ceremonial. It is simple and recognizable but has another dimension.
The Mahabharata has played to enthralled audiences in Europe; in the United States it was considered the drama event of the 1987–88 season.
As a piece of theatre it is one of the landmarks of our time; as a play to be read it stimulates the imagination to its bounds; it is a great epic, a universal myth.” — flap copy