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Getting Acquainted with the Catalog, Cleveland Public Library, 1939.
Courtesy of American Library Association Archives http://archives.library.illinois.edu/alaarchon/index.php?p=digitallibrary/digitalcontent&id=209 How intriguing! A glimpse inside the Black Book of Carmarthen, one of the Celtic treasures preserved by the National Library of Wales(NLW)…find out about the history of NLW and its collections in a post from Calista Williams in Library Chronicles. American Library Association’s resolution, presented on the Council floor in 2018, apologizing for segregated libraries. Thanks to Andrew B. Wertheimer for the photos of this historic event! Constructed in 1967 and designed by Architect Charles Luckman with artwork done by Tom Van Sant, Inglewood Public Library was the largest intaglio sculpture on earth at its creation…enjoy Tommy Vinh Bui’s article in our Library Chronicles column. Caption reads “Jan 9, 1854. Astor Library Opened” (From Life, January 7, 1892). Explore the history of New York Public Library in Sarah Edwards Obenauf’s post “A Study in Patience and Fortitude” in our Library Chronicles section. Card from the first American Library Association conference in 1876, depicting the interior of a library. Image and caption from the American Library Association Archives https://archives.library.illinois.edu/alaarchon/index.php?p=digitallibrary/digitalcontent&id=640 Libraries have found many creative ways of commemorating their anniversaries. At Mount Prospect Public Library, Illinois, the staff created an iconic “cake” made out of books for their celebration. (Photo credit: Skip Peterson Photography. Photo provided by MPPL.) Click over to our Celebrations section for more ideas for library celebrations Librarians, archivists, and support staff, led by academic librarian Janet DeVries Naughton and Technology Librarian Graham Brunk, researched and wrote this 278-page book chronicling Palm Beach County’s library history. With ingenuity, the authors used Google Drive and Facebook to take a collaborative approach. Thirty-two people from around the county contributed to the project, and they crowdsourced the title of the book. Find out more in our Celebrations column! Participate in our conference events! Stephen Knowlton and Margaret Bausman at the LHRT Research Forum (2018 American Library Association Conference). We invite you to join our conversations about the history of libraries! LHRT Dinner Photo (American Library Association 2019). An excerpt from Mildred Rippey’s 1980 poem about the history of the Palisades Free Library. Read more about the history of Palisades in Anya Berg’s post in the Celebrations section! How did libraries get their classification schemes? Enjoy Dr. Catherine J. Minter’s “Competing Classifications at the Library of Indiana University, 1898-1918” in our Information Innovations section (Image by vonriesling from Pixabay) Actor “Mr. T.” tells library inmates how reading can influence their lives (1983). Courtesy of American Library Association Archives. https://archon.library.illinois.edu/ala/index.php?p=digitallibrary/digitalcontent&id=2243