...The legacy of Derek Fielding at the University of Queensland is multifaceted. His achievements have provided the basic building blocks of current improvements and activities and will remain for many years to come. Perhaps the final word on both the past and the present should be left to Derek:
Administering a modern university library resembles the labour of Sisyphus. Progress in one area such as book-purchasing power, seating or information service merely promotes a demand for more from staff and students. Improvements become accepted as normal and the new level becomes a platform from which the library is asked for more. The librarian in his turn must compete for a larger share of total university funds; these are unfortunately less than adequate even to maintain existing standards.