Report of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia

Report of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...be noted also that 87,000 more volumes were circulated this year than last in spite of the dismissal from the public service of thousands of war workers and Government clerks, from which a decided decrease in library use was anticipated. In order that the flood of work at crowded desks could be more expeditiously handled and the 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...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123683917X
  • 9781236839176