Skip to main content

VOLUME XVI WELSH OUTLOOK Where there is no vision the people perish NOTES OF THE MONTH RESOLUTIONS of importance to the rural R student were passed at the recent library conference at Aberystwyth. The estab- lishment of what is called a "union catalogue," when it has been carried out, will make readily accessible any book which the libraries of Wales have on their shelves. The scheme requires the co-operation of rural libraries with the National Library. The cost to local bodies, Mr. Ballinger explained, would be small. It would involve only the price of cards and the filing of particulars. The boon to the rural student would be great. The second resolution, of even more far-reaching importance, was that local authorities be requested to place schools at the disposal of library auth- orities for the establishment of local libraries. Given a system of co-operation between libraries for the lending of books these two proposals, between them, if they can only be put into practice could bring about the extension of first-class library facilities to every village, let alone every country town. But will they be put into practice by our local authorities? Will the schools be lent? Will the small amount of money required be available? It is extraordinary how parsimon- ious public bodies can be, when books are in question. We know a town with an annual budget running well into five figures. The latest published accounts show that in 1928 it spent, on new books for its Library, the princely sum ot eight pounds nine shillings. No doubt this was all it could afford. But the town has been called "The Athens of Wales." Some titles are cheap. NUMBER VII THE JULY 1929 LAST month we ventured some remarks about the "ridiculous and dangerous policv of non-cooperation" which the Welsh Nationalist Party is advocating. Our comments were not written from the point of view of any particular political group. The Welsh Outlook has always aimed at being an open forum, a national and not a party journal. But in this instance we have been charged with one-sided- ness. We therefore propose, next month, to publish a frankly political article. In our anxiety to do justice to the claims of the budding Nationalist Party we have offered two pages of our space for a defence of the policy of non- cooperation. We wish to warn our readers that the offer has been accepted bv Dr. Lloyd Owen of Criccieth and that the August number, departing from tradition, will contain a party appeal from the pen of that untiring advocate of all things Welsh. AT the last meeting of the Central Welsh Board problems of exceptional interest in connection with the administration of education in Wales came to the surface. It was decided to ask the University and the FederatOT of Education Committees to join with the Central Welsh Board in appointing a Joint Committee, on which the teaching profession was also to be represented, to explore the present situation with regard to post-primary and secondary education in Wales. It is an urgent and an important task. The findings of the Committee may well result in