19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, October 27, 1914: << no entry>>
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
I found this interesting opinion piece about the role of librarians in the November, 1914 issue of Ladies Home Journal. Since Grandma again didn’t write anything a hundred years ago today, I thought you might enjoy it.
Do We Have the Best Man or Woman?
Fifty of every one hundred persons who go to public libraries ask, according to librarians: “What is a good book for me to read?” In other words the choice of reading is, in this large percentage, left to the discretionary direction of the man or woman behind the public,-library desk. Very few persons, it is said, ask for a definite book.
Accepting this condition as a fact, the responsibility of the librarian is great, but the responsibility of the community in selecting the librarian is even greater.
In other words, communities should think a little more carefully of the fitness of those whom they place in charge of the public libraries, and of those who are already there. Are they the best that can be secured to direct the reading of the community?
I also found it interesting that both men and women were librarians a hundred years ago. It was one of few jobs that were not gender specific back then.