Items of Interest

Questions asked the Directors of The Mother Church from time to time in regard to the conduct of The Mother Church Reading Rooms furnish a reason for the following statement of procedure in the three Reading Rooms of The Mother Church, in Boston.

Each Reading Room has a librarian elected by the Board of Directors, who qualifies according to Article XXI, Section 2, of the Manual of The Mother Church.

The Reading Rooms at 60 Norway Street and in the Statler Office Building remain open during the evening hours, and the former on Sundays and holidays also. An assistant librarian is assigned during these hours. Two or more substitutes are available to each of the three Reading Rooms to serve during the noon hour and during any other necessary absences of the librarians in charge, and also during vacations. Voluntary assistants are not used in The Mother Church Reading Rooms, although they are frequently suited to the needs of branch churches. The activity of the Reading Rooms in Boston is so great that those who serve as librarians need to be experienced in handling the variety of work, including keeping of stock and inventories, accurately. Having too many assistants or substitutes is apt to bring diffusion of responsibility and less efficient handling of the Reading Room work. Their experience being regarded as valuable, the librarians of The Mother Church Reading Rooms are not rotated, but are continued in office for an indefinite period, although they are appointed from year to year.

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The Lectures
March 18, 1933

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