|Arabut Ludlow Memorial Library, Monroe, Wisconsin|
(courtesy of Monroe Public Library)
Nearly everything I did as a Library Page - shelving materials, dusting, shelf reading, and helping patrons - revolved around the advantages and limitations of the physical space. Each time I went to work, I felt as if I was walking back in time - or onto a film set. I half expected Shirley Jones in her role as Marian the Librarian to step out of the stacks!
Back in March when I was working on a Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog post on the 1902 Hand Book of Library Organization ("Three States and a Hand Book"), I kept having flashbacks to my days working in that lovely, frustrating library space. In that March blog post I referred to the 1902 Hand Book as a "great-grandmother" of Trustee Essentials and it is. It contains sample library bylaws, discusses effective library administration practices, and offers some interesting advice on what to look for when selecting library board members:
- eminence in executive ability
- business sagacity
- unblemished integrity
- political power
- mere literary knowledge
Also, if you're curious why my hometown of Monroe refused Andrew Carnegie's money for a library building, check out the article by John Evangelist Walsh on the Monroe Public Library's website. Talk about political power!
Denise Anton Wright, Public Library Development