Report of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia Volume 1-3

Report of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia Volume 1-3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ... ever-growing volume of clerical detail promptly dispatched, much thought was given to working out new methods to save time and labor or to get better results. The innovation of greatest interest was in the use of trained assistants for the collection of overdue books. Over 1,100 calls were made by automobile, resulting in the collection of books valued at over $1,286, and $378 in money from fines and lost books. Of equal importance with the money value of the books was the education of the delinquents in responsibility to the library, a result impossible to secure when ordinary messengers are employed. INFORMATION SERVICE. It is at the information desks with their constant succession of inquirers bringing questions ranging over every field of thought that the best indication is given of how deeply the library is rooted in the life of the community. During the past year the volume of requests has increased to such an extent that it was a difficult problem to handle the situation at busy hours. Since the main information desk is centrally located, practically all questions are presented at this point. Questions of general information are answered, material is suggested for home use, or special calls are referred to other departments--reference, industrial, children's, or administration. A noticeable feature of the past year has been the increase of questions from various District associations for information on current topics. Business houses have sought material on management in relation to industry and the conduct of hotels, welfare of employes, and similar questions. Government offices have been supplied with a large number of books for official use. Health and hygiene have figured in the demands for books on the care and feeding of children, more

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  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236488199
  • 9781236488190