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Old School Library Management

School Library Management
1925, 1939

Most of the libraries that own this title are universities.  I’ll give them a pass, but only for historical purposes.  It’s the public libraries on the WorldCat list that worry me.  I’ll grant it, they are large public libraries.  Also, they all have the 1939 edition, not 1925.  Even so, I really, really hope that they are in some sort of storage or special collection, not just mixed in with other books about library science.  This book includes lists of equipment needed in school libraries and core magazine titles.  In 1925 this was useful.  In 2010, not so much.


14 Responses to Old School Library Management

  • It makes me long for the days of card catalogues

  • How many schools, in 1925, HAD a library? I’d love to see some scans from the inside of this one.

  • ::sigh:: You might be too generous, giving academic libraries a pass. I know that, if we had this or something like this in our collection (haven’t checked yet), it would probably be because our library science collection is even less likely to get weeded than any other area of the collection – not necessarily because we thought this title was particularly important to have.

  • What were the magazine titles? Any of those magazines still around? Time Magazine on that list? Reader’s Digest?

  • That’s the 4th edition! Wow! No info on wireless laptop schools and answering ref questions via twitter. I wonder what the “core magazine titles” were? Well, they’ve been replaced by subscription d’bases now. The chapter, “Compulsory B.I. in the media center, make sure, you’re fully charged,” is probably not there either.

    More than anything, I’m curious what sorts of principles of pedagogy are still relevant. It’s like the William Katz reference book, a reference question is still a reference question, the means to answer the question is easy, it’s teasing out the real quest for information that is the challenge!

  • This book is great. I’ll let my mom explain why.

    …Angel? Commentez-vous!

  • This book has been lovingly handed down from librarian to librarian at our school library here in Vermont. Martha Wilson was State Supervisor of School Libraries, MN Dept of Education, 1911-1917! She even prepared a “Score Card” of school library standards including seating capacity, book capacity, and the desirability of having a certified librarian. A veritable Goddess of the SLMC! More later.

  • What’s “Compulsory B.I.?”

  • Bibliographic Instruction??

  • Since the scanned images are poor, I’ve transcribed the magazine list, etc.
    Even though her ideals appear quaint, Martha seemed to understand that libraries and technologies would change. She set the highest bar for the time: NOT a shared typewriter! NOT a closet! A separate classroom with the “FULL lantern kit”! At least TEN books per student! A TRAINED librarian with a commensurate salary! I love it!

  • It all looks very sensible to me.

  • This is fantastic! I would have loved to see excerpts in the library management course I took this last year.