The American Public Library

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D. Appleton, 1923 - Libraries - 414 pages

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Page 252 - ... clock,— Just the hour of the Earthquake shock! —What do you think the parson found, When he got up and stared around? The poor old chaise in a heap or mound, As if it had been to the mill and ground! You see, of course, if you're not a dunce, How it went to pieces all at once,— All at once, and nothing first,— Just as bubbles do when they burst.
Page 13 - MAT, 1876. As the result of a conversation I some time since had with our School Superintendent, Mr. Parker, and at his suggestion, I propose this afternoon to say a few words to you about books and reading ; on the use, to come directly to the point, which could be made of the Public Library of the town in connection with the school system in general, and more particularly with the High and upper-grade Grammar Schools. I say "could be made...
Page 3 - The successful distributor through trade is precisely he who does not sit down and wait for customers. He takes the whole community as a group of possible clients; he tries to suit the tastes of each and to create a demand for his goods where it does not exist. The librarian must do likewise if he desires to distribute his goods as widely and effectively as possible, and if he believes in the modern idea he does so desire.
Page 305 - Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold; For a cap and bells our lives we pay, Bubbles we buy with a whole soul's tasking: 'Tis heaven alone that is given away, 'Tis only God may be had for the asking; No price is set on the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer.
Page 1 - But not until very recent years did the library begin to conceive of its duties as extending to the entire community, instead of being limited to those who voluntarily entered its doors. The modern public library believes that it should find a reader for every book on its shelves and provide a book for every reader in its community, and that it should in all cases bring book and reader together.
Page 2 - This is the meanbook on its shelves and provide a book ing of the great multiplication of facilities in the modern library — the lending of books for home use, free access to shelves, cheerful and homelike library buildings, rooms for children, cooperation with schools, interlibrary loans, longer hours of opening, more useful catalogs and lists, the extension of branch library systems and of traveling and home libraries, coordination of work through lectures and exhibits — the thousand and one...
Page 13 - ... ransack the library to gratify them. Nay more, if you will but find out what your scholars want, — what healthy books are in demand among them, — the trustees of the library will see to it that you do not want material. You shall have all the books you will call for. When, indeed, you begin to call...
Page 342 - The idea of holding a Conference of Librarians originated in America — in that country of energy and activity which has set the world so many good examples, and of which a Conference of Librarians is not the least valuable, looking to the practical results which may be anticipated from it.
Page 21 - ... regulations, enforced by an outside board, while it may be necessary to curb political or personal favoritism in those likely to exercise it, does not conduce to good administration when applied to bodies that are not likely to be prejudiced in either of these directions. Political or personal favoritism in an ordinary public library is in fact rather rare.3 Dr.
Page 22 - The main duties of a library board are to hold and care for the library property, both buildings and securities, and to decide on the main features of library policy. It should concern itself generally with results; seldom with methods. Having selected a competent librarian, who stands to the board in the relation of both executive officer and expert adviser, it leaves him free to carry out the policy of the library in whatever way may seem to him best.

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