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1899: Melvil Dewey publishes the 4th edition of Library School Card Cataloging Rules (basically the ALA rules), for teaching acquisitions, cataloging, and shelving. It differs from the 1888 edition by adding marginal explanations and amplifications.

Melvil Dewey publishes the edition of Library School Card Cataloging Rules (basically the ALA rules), for teaching acquisitions, cataloging, and shelving. It differs from the 1888 edition by adding marginal explanations and amplifications.

1911: An anonymous contributor to the May issue of Public Libraries penned this library lament.

An anonymous contributor to the May issue of Public Libraries penned this library lament.

1890: The popularity of novels among library patrons is still a source of some controversy in librarianship, as evidenced by this poem about fiction in the November issue of ALA's Library Journal. (To the tune of "Willow, Tit-Willow" in Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado, 1885.)

1890: The popularity of novels among library patrons is still a source of some controversy in librarianship, as evidenced by this poem about fiction in the November issue of ALA's Library Journal. (To the tune of "Willow, Tit-Willow" in Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado, 1885.)

1927, July: ALA Executive Secretary Carl Milam's annual report takes the form of a 17-page description of what a visitor to ALA Headquarters might see.

July: ALA Executive Secretary Carl Milam's annual report takes the form of a description of what a visitor to ALA Headquarters might see.

1910: Librarian burnout is lamented by Grand Rapids (Mich.) Library Director Samuel H. Ranck (1867-1952), who prescribes recreational walks and avoidance of eyestrain.

Librarian burnout is lamented by Grand Rapids (Mich.) Library Director Samuel H. Ranck who prescribes recreational walks and avoidance of eyestrain.

1918, Nov. 11: The ALA War Service Committee calls for another book drive starting on this day, but Armistice is declared. Nonetheless, ALA continues to supply books to troops as they demobilize, reaching a peak in April 1919.

The ALA War Service Committee calls for another book drive starting on this day, but Armistice is declared. Nonetheless, ALA continues to supply books to troops as they demobilize, reaching a peak in April

1913, Oct. 30-Nov.1: The Library Assistant’s Manual, a guide by Theodore Koch issued at the 61st annual meeting of the Michigan State Teachers’ Association, Ann Arbor, offers this checklist of positive attributes for library assistants.

The Library Assistant’s Manual, a guide by Theodore Koch issued at the annual meeting of the Michigan State Teachers’ Association, Ann Arbor, offers this checklist of positive attributes for library assistants.

1918: Carolyn Wells (1862-1942), author and one-time librarian for the Rahway (N.J.) Library Association, writes this light verse commemorating the ALA book drive.

Carolyn Wells author and one-time librarian for the Rahway (N.) Library Association, writes this light verse commemorating the ALA book drive.

1918: Gaylord Bros. offers libraries a way to advertise their services with special slides inserted into silent films.

offers libraries a way to advertise their services with special slides inserted into silent films.

1883, Aug.: The ALA Cooperation Committee issues the first official ALA rules for cataloging at the Annual Conference in Buffalo, N.Y.

: The ALA Cooperation Committee issues the first official ALA rules for cataloging at the Annual Conference in Buffalo, N.

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