For the record
Over two decades, right across the Commonwealth and state public services, senior executives in the mindless grip of the digital delusion have abolished the positions of records managers and librarians, and disposed of their incumbents as surplus to requirements. The ironically named Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is just the first to have this ruthless policy backfire publicly (Paul Bongiorno, “The left-behind society”, February 3–9). Ironic, too, that the ABC is currently culling its libraries and sound archives and disposing of its librarians.
– Gayle Davies, North Sydney, NSW