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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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.
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
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
Chan, Lois Mai
Forest 1996 Dewey Dec. 025.4
A how-to manual for classifying books.
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
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
Forest Press 1915 Dewey Dec. 025 Rf
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.
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.
Katz, William A.
“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
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
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
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
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
Minnesota State Library Commission 1902
Minnesota State library Commission, ed. Dewey Dec. 020
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
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
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
Vols 1-17 & Indexes (1904-1921); Vol 18 (Oct 1921- Jul 1922)
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Volume 5 – Bibliography bulletins no. 50-60; Volume 6 – Bibliography bulletins no. 61-70
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
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
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
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):
B. Mythology and Folklore
(Note: The Table of Contents for this volume is at the beginning)
Part 2 (1912)
(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)
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.
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
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
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