Saturday, October 13, 2012
Video: Resources Discovered (1954)
A drama documentary about how public libraries can assist commercial companies with their information needs. A woman interviews a senior librarian and staff at some companies with requirements for specific data. It includes film of an industrial scale laundry (the Manor Laundry in Camberwell), an oil drilling platform, a hat manufacturers, a John Lewis store selling hats, a pipe and steel benders (Messrs. Kirk & Co and Messrs. Lucas of Brixton Hill), an ICI laboratory, the library of the ICI Paints Division the research division of the Metal Box Company in Bermondsey, and public libraries in Westminster and Lambeth. The film stresses the professional expertise of the public librarian, their respect for commercial confidence, and states that 'libraries can tell industry'