Directions for the Librarian of a Small Library

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Wright & Potter Printing Company, state printers, 1911 - Libraries - 31 pages
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Page 12 - ... CLASSIFICATION The books of a library are to be placed and kept in such order that a given book may be readily found, and books on the same subject may be found together. Two things are requisite to this. Subject classes. — First separate all the books into classes or kinds of literature. This process is called classification. In a classified library all histories are in one class, all books of science in another, the books of fiction in another, and so on, until every book is in some class...
Page 26 - Sometimes this is due to a false conception of dignity and a prejudice against the idea of advertising, 01 ignorance of methods; but more often it is due to inertia and lack of initiative. Library trustees who do nothing to extend the knowledge of what they have to offer the public make as great a failure as would a business firm guilty of the same neglect. The first duty of the library is to make itself...
Page 12 - ... figures are used as symbols for classes; and in the Expansive, or Cutter, system, letters are used. In the Decimal system each subject or class (except fiction) is represented by a number, which is written on the label and inside of each book in that class. Books for young people have y or / before the class number. Fiction has no class number, and is simply arranged alphabetically by name of author. Fiction for young people is marked with ay or j. The classification scheme is given in the first...
Page 6 - This pamphlet is in no sense a manual for the organization of small libraries by persons not experienced in library work, but is merely intended as a guide to be left in a library already organized by some experienced person, to help librarians and their successors to carry on consistently the system already established.
Page 18 - If there is neither author nor editor, leave the top line blank, writing the title below, and use the initial of the first word of the title, not an article, as the initial on the back of the book.

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