[PW] ? Peter Drucker Quotes (Quotation Query #713)

Robert Sullivan robert.g.sullivan at gmail.com
Fri Feb 10 06:28:55 PST 2017

> There Is Surely Nothing Quite So Useless as Doing with Great
> Efficiency What Should Not Be Done At All
> http://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/02/09/efficient/
> The QI article also mentions a closely related remark from Gore Vidal.
> Thanks to Jeff Graf for his help.
> Garson

Library educator Jesse Shera was quoted in the April 1982 American
Libraries as saying, "library efficiency frequently consists of doing
very well what need not be done at all."  See note 23 in


I recall seeing this quote in a library science book which probably
dated to the time of the 1975 Vidal reference.

Bob Sullivan
Schenectady County (NY) Public Library

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