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The Libraiy Beacon
St. Paul Public Librae
JANUARY - JUNE, 1935
WHY A CLIPPINGS COLLECTION IN THE PUBLIC LIBRARY?
When a patron wants the latest developments in sciences or inventions
or industry or Lindbergh's movements or international complications, he
cannot find a book on the subject. He knows he saw something in a
newspaper containing this information in fragmentary form, but he does
not know just when or in what paper he saw it. He asks one of the
librarians in the Reference Rooms of the Public Library, and she immediately hands him a sheaf of clippings from various newspapers or magazines
on that subject.
Clippings not only catch new or rare information but save the time
of both patrons and librarians in rush hours, by having the material already collected. For example, the Reference Room is receiving many
inquiries for information on authors, prize winners, recent poems, local