Librarianship – Library Management – Book Catalogs

The History of American public libraries, library management, cataloging & classifying library books, library directories, book catalogs, guidance for library users. Early 20th to 21st Centuries.

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Librarianship Collection

About 150 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Librarianship”. Be patient as the page loads.

Library Science Collection

More than 400 books from the Internet Archive, free online on the subject of Library Science.

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Public Libraries Collection

Over 200 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Public Libraries”. Be patient as the page loads.

School Libraries Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of School Libraries.

Library Management Collection

About 150 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Library Management”. Be patient as the page loads.

Free online books on Michigan battlefields, Wars in Michigan

Academic Libraries Collection

About 250 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Academic Libraries.

Small Library Buildings

A Collection of Plans Contributed by the League of Library Commissions

A.L.A. Publishing Board
A.L.A. Publishing Board 1908        Dewey Dec.    022

Basic floor plans, photos and information are provided for 18 public libraries and two college libraries, all of which had been constructed within a few years before this booklet’s publication in 1908. The editor provides 15 pages of advice for designing and constructing a small library.

American Library Directory, 2000-2001 (Vol 1)

– Volume 2

Bowker Publishing
Bowker 2000        Dewey Dec.    027

Includes U.S. and Canadian public, academic, and special libraries arranged by state or province, city, and institution. Gives personnel and statistical data, subject interests, and special collections

Selected Articles about How Historians Work

Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century: An Introduction

Cassell, Kay Ann and Hiremath, Uma
Neal-Schuman 2006        Dewey Dec.    011

TOC: Fundamental Concepts – Introduction to Major Reference Sources – Special Topics in Reference and Information Work – Developing and Managing Reference Collections and Services

Dewey Decimal Classification: A Practical Guide

Chan, Lois Mai
Forest 1996        Dewey Dec.    025.4

A how-to manual for classifying books.

America’s Library: The Story of the Library of Congress, 1800-2000

Conaway, James
Yale Univ 2000        Dewey Dec.    027.5

This history of the Library of Congress is organized “around that tiny, hardy band of men and women who have used both political acumen and intellectual vision to build the library’s collections and establish those services that make the LC library to both Congress and nation. Richly supplemented with photographs, this history reaches out to touch all who love libraries.” -Booklist

An Introduction to Reference Services in Academic Libraries

Connor, Elizabeth, ed.
Haworth Information 2006       

“An Introduction to Reference Services in Academic Libraries is a comprehensive textbook that presents compelling case studies and thought-provoking essays that teach the principles of reference services. Eighteen authorities from private and public academic libraries around the United States offer unique perspectives and solid information in an active learning format that requires students to think and learn. The book provides a stimulating starting point for those learning about planning, managing, and evaluating reference services.” – Book cover

Abridged Decimal Classification and Relative Index for Libraries, Clippings, Notes, etc.

Dewey, Melvil
Forest Press 1915        Dewey Dec.    025 Rf

Also see our collection of Articles about Libraries & Librarianship, Archives, & Books

The Public Library Movement in the United States, 1853-1893

From 1876, Reminiscences of the Writer

Green, Samuel Swett
Boston Book 1913        Dewey Dec.    020.9

The author was associated with the Free Public Library in Worcester, MA since 1867, and a member of the governing body of the American Library Association (A.L.A.) since 1876. In 1891 he was chosen President of the A.L.A.

Directories in Print

– Volume 2

Karges, Ken
Thomson/Gale 2005        Dewey Dec.    060

A descriptive guide to print and non-print directories, buyer’s guides, rosters, and other address lists of all kinds.

Introduction to Reference Work, Vol 1: Basic Information Services

Vol 2: Reference Services and Reference Processes

Katz, William A.
McGraw-Hill 1997       

“Vol 1 explains the basic reference processes and sources of information in today’s libraries. Vol 2 introduces the sophisticated and imaginative aspects of the complete reference process. It discusses the ongoing and important changes and developments in information technologies, particularly the role of the Internet in the reference process.” – Book covers

A Book of Carnegie Libraries

Koch, Theodore Wesley
Wilson 1917        Dewey Dec.    022

Plans and illustrations of typical Carnegie buildings to 1907, with explanations and descriptions.- A.L.A. Catalog 1912-1921

The Mastery of Books: Hints on Reading and the Use of Libraries

Koopman, H. Xi
American Book 1896        Dewey Dec.    028

Discusses selection, methods, memory, note taking, periodicals, reference books, etc. Gives classified list of valuable books, and annotated list of books on reading. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Books on Library Research Guides, Study Guides

School Libraries; Planning and Equipping the School Library

Library Bureau
Library Bureau         Dewey Dec.    022

Produced in about 1920 by a company that provides library furniture, the first portion is a brief how-to manual on all aspects of establishing a school library, and includes within a small bibliography. The latter part of the booklet is a catalog of their furniture.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress
Library of Congress 2016        Dewey Dec.    025.4

“The Library of Congress no longer prints the full Subject Heading Listing. It makes printable files available for each portion of the listing. We have collected all 33 of these files into a single 54MB, 8,179 page PDF file for the convenience of users to use anywhere, anytime.” -Library of Congress

Handbook of Library Organization

Minnesota State Library Commission 1902
Minnesota State library Commission, ed.         Dewey Dec.    020

Subject Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers – Vol 1

Miskelly, Matthew
Thomson Gale 2004        Dewey Dec.    026

This volume contains Business, Government and Law libraries, including Military, Transportation and Urban/Regional Planning Libraries. “Volume 1, in three parts, provides . . . contact and descriptive information on more than 35,800 subject-specific resource collections maintained by various government agencies, businesses, publishers, educational and nonprofit organizations, and associations around the world.” – Publisher

Dewey Decimal Classification, Edition 22 (Vol 1)

– Volume 2

– Volume 3

– Volume 4

Mitchell, Joan S. et al.
OCLC Online Computer Library Center 2003        Dewey Dec.    025.4

The full set of manuals for classifying library books. V. 1. Manual. Tables — v. 2. Schedules 000-599 — v. 3. Schedules 600-999 — v. 4. Relative index

Guides to Nonfiction, Bibliographies

Neal-Schuman Internet Policy Handbook for Libraries

Smith, Mark
Neal-Schuman 1999        Dewey Dec.    025

The American Library Association Guide to Information Access: A Complete Research Handbook and Directory

Whiteley, Sandra, ed.
Random House 1994       

“Selects more than 3,000 of the best standard and electronic sources in the 36 most-researched subject categories, tells where to find them, and explains the latest research methods.” -Book cover

Directories and Catalogs of Books

Books and Reading Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Books and Reading.

Booklist; a Guide to the Best New Books, 1905 to Date (Vols 1-17)

Vols 1-17 & Indexes (1904-1921); Vol 18 (Oct 1921- Jul 1922)

– Volume 18

American Library Association (A.L.A.)        Dewey Dec.    011

The A. L. A. official monthly book selection magazine. Each number lists and annotates from 175 to 200 current books, giving also classification number, subject headings, Library of Congress card number, and an author and title index.

Appleton’s Library Manual …

containing a catalogue raisonne of upwards of twelve thousand of the most important works in every department of knowledge, in all modern languages

Appleton 1852        Dewey Dec.    011

Part 1: Subjects – alphabetically arranged
Part 2: Biography, classics, miscellanies, and index to Part 1.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926

A. L. A. Catalog, 1904-1911

Bascom, Elva L. and others, eds.
American Library Association (A.L.A.) 1912        Dewey Dec.    011

Imprint information and descriptive notes for about three thousand titles. Arranged according to Dewey classification, with subject and author indexes. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926

A.L.A. Catalog 1926; an Annotated Basic List of 10,000 Books

Cooper, Isabella M. ed.
American Library Association (A.L.A.) 1926        Dewey Dec.    011

This volume includes titles from the 19th century and before, but because it is focused on books in print, it contains a disproportionate number of titles published just prior to 1926.

Online Collections of Historical Maps of North America

A. L. A. Catalog; 8000 Volumes for a Popular Library, with Notes

Dewey, Melvil and others, eds.
American Library Association (A.L.A.) 1904        Dewey Dec.    011

The most useful aid to book selection for books before 1904. Based on Catalog of A. L. A. Library 1893, but greatly revised and enlarged, with descriptive notes on a large proportion of titles. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-sized Libraries and Media Centers

Graff Hysell, Shannon
Libraries Unlimited 2008       

Part I: General Reference Works. Part II: Social Sciences; Area Studies, Economics & Business – Education – Ethnic Studies – Genealogy and Heraldry – Geography and Travel Guides – History – Law – Library and Information Science and Publishing and Bookselling – Military Studies – Political Science – Psychology, Occultism, and Para psychology – Recreation and Sports – Sociology – Statistics, Demography, and Urban Studies – Women’s Studies
Part III: Humanities; Humanities in General – Communication and Mass Media – Decorative Arts – Fine Arts – Language and Linguistics – Literature – Music – Mythology, Folklore, and Popular Culture – Performing Arts – Philosophy and Religion
Part IV: Science and Technology; Agricultural Sciences – Engineering – Health Sciences – Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences – High Technology – Physical Sciences and Mathematics – Resource Sciences – Transportation.

Five Thousand Books: An Easy Guide to the Best Books in Every Department of Reading

Selected, classified and briefly described by a corps of experienced editors under the direction of the literary bureau of the Ladies Home Journal

Curtis 1895        Dewey Dec.    011

Magazines for Libraries

LaGuardia, Cheryl, ed.
Proquest 2010        Dewey Dec.    011

“Annotated classified guide to recommended periodicals for the general reader and school, college, and public libraries. Provides comparative evaluations and grade and age-level recommendations for all periodicals included.” NY Public Libr

Publishers’ Weekly; American Book-trade Journal

Leypoldt        Dewey Dec.    011

Alphabetic list of books of week, with descriptive notes; publishers’ announcements, book trade comment, etc. Monthly and quarterly cumulated lists, annual summary, education and other special numbers increase its value for libraries. N. Y. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Vol 4 (1873) to Vol 102 (1922) available online.

Bibliographies & Indexes

A. L. A. Catalog, 1912-1921

Massee, May, ed.
American Library Association (A.L.A.) 1923        Dewey Dec.    011

Over four thousand titles of outstanding books of the ten years covered, with brief descriptive notes, publisher and latest price, Library of Congress subject headings and card numbers. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Many thousands of books published before 1923 (and a smaller number of more recent books) are available online for free. That includes most of the titles found in these bibliographies. Learn how to find them at: Searching for Free eBooks

Reference Books, Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Almanacs

Best Books of 1897 to 1921; Vol 5

Volume 5 – Bibliography bulletins no. 50-60; Volume 6 – Bibliography bulletins no. 61-70

– Volume 6

New York. State library, Albany        Dewey Dec.    011

Each issue has a carefully selected annotated list of about 250 books of the preceding calendar year, chosen with reference to the needs of small libraries.

Contents of Volume 5:
-#50 Best books of 1910
-#51 Best books of 1911
-#53 Best books of 1912
-#54 Best books of 1913
-#55 List of books in the Library for the blind
-#56 Best books of 1914
-#57 List of books for prison libraries part 1
-#53 Best books of 1915
-#59 Official publications of the state of New York relating to its history as colony and state
-#60 Bibliography concerning vocations

Contents of Volume 6:
-#61 Best books of 1916; selected for a small public library
-#62 Best books of 1917; selected for a small public library
-#63 List of books in the library for the blind 1915-19; supplement to bibliography bulletin 55
-#64 Books on health as related to the school child
-#65 Buying list of books for small libraries; edition three
-#66 Best books of 1918; selected for a small public library
-#67 Best books of 1919; selected for a small public library
-#68 List of books in the library for the blind 1919-21; supplement to bibliography bulletin 63
-#69 Books on health as related to the school child; second edition revised
-#70 Best books of 1920; selected for a small public library

United States Catalog; Books in Print 1902

Potter, M. E., ed.
Wilson 1903        Dewey Dec.    011

Entries under author, subject and title, in one alphabet, with particulars of binding, price, date and publisher. Covers much the same ground as indexes of Publishers’ trade list annual, but includes some additional minor publishers. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Directories, Bibliographies & Indexes

Middle and Junior High Core Collection

Price, Ann, comp.
Wilson 2009        Dewey Dec.    011

10th Edition. “A comprehensive list of more than eight thousand recommended fiction and nonfiction books for middle and junior high students, along with professional aids for librarians and school media specialists.” – Book cover

Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog

Price, Ann, comp.
Wilson 2005        Dewey Dec.    011

9th Edition. “A comprehensive list of the most highly recommended fiction and nonfiction books and related library materials for middle and junior high school libraries. Includes appr. 6,000 book titles and over 3,000 analytical entries for parts of books.” – Book cover

The Best Books. A Reader’s Guide and Literary Reference book, Being a Contribution towards Systematic Bibliography (3 vols)

Sonnenschein, William Swan
London: Routledge 3rd edition 1910-1923        Dewey Dec.    011

Publisher’s note: “This, the final edition of the late Mr William Swan Sonnenschein’s ‘The Best Books’, the first edition of which appeared in 1887, records some 150,000 works, with dates of the first and last editions, and price, size and publishers’ names, English and American. It contains also Index, Synopsis of Classification, Table of Abbreviations, etc., and List of British Publishers, Learned Societies, etc.”

Part 1 (1910):
A. Theology
B. Mythology and Folklore
C. Philosophy
(Note: The Table of Contents for this volume is at the beginning)

Part 2 (1912)
D. Society
E. Geography
(Note: The Table of Contents is found at the end of this volume)

Part 3 (1923)
F. History and Historical Biography
G. Archaeology and Historical Collaterals
(Note: No Table of Contents for this volume was found)

Books on Associations, Organizations, Foundations, Museums

Standard Catalog for Public Libraries; Philosophy, Religion and General Works Section

An Annotated List of 1000 Titles with a full Analytical Index

Wilson, H.W.; Sears, Minnie Earl, comp.
Wilson 1932        Dewey Dec.    011

Of the 1,000 titles, about 170 are in Dewey Class 000 (General Works), about 350 in Class 100 (Philosophy), and about 480 are in Class 200 (Religion). About 335 additional titles are mentioned in the entry notes.

Fiction Catalog

Yaakov, Juliette and Greenfieldt, John, eds.
Wilson 2001        Dewey Dec.    011

14th Edition. “A selective list of classic and contemporary works of fiction recommended for a general adult audience. The titles are chosen with the assistance of experienced librarians from a number of public library systems throughout the United States. This 14th edition includes 5,529 book title entries and 800 analytical entries for novelettes and novels contained in composite works.” – Book cover

Senior High School Library Catalog

Yaakov, Juliette, comp.
Wilson 2002        Dewey Dec.    011

16th Edition. “A comprehensive list of fiction and nonfiction books for young people in grades nine through twelve, along with review sources and other professional aids for high school librarians and school media specialists. Includes appr. 6,000 books and over 8,000 analytical entries for stories, plays, and other items contained in anthologies.” -Book cover

Century Past Library