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Cooper, Isabella M. [Isabella Mitchell, 1874-1962] and Margaret A. McVety

Published by J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd./E.P. Dutton & Co., 1911
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12mo. (18 cm.) 173p. Grey cloth with gilt decorations and letters on the spine. Almost no wear to extremities, previous owner's signature, else near fine with no internal markings. No dust jacket. A complete catalogue with detailed and instructive annotations. Isabella Mitchell Cooper [1874-1962] was a librarian, bibliographer, and library educator who worked in public, special, academic and federal libraries. She was also unusually well-educated for her time. She entered what is now Teachers College to study elementary education and received her BA from Barnard College in 1901. Cooper entered the NYPL [New York Public Library] Training Class in 1904 and later got her BLS from the New York State Library School in 1908. She later returned to Teachers College and got an MA in 1912-- making her the first librarian in this study to earn a Master's degree. Isabella Cooper worked at NYPL in 1904-1907, 1908-1909, 1916-1920, and 1921-1924. During the last two of these periods she served as head of the Central Circulation branch. In between these stints at NYPL, Cooper worked at the Newark Public Library (1909-1910), taught at the Simmons College library school ((1910-1913), and worked for the Brooklyn Public Library (1913-1915) and the American Committee for Devastated France (1920-1921). She later worked for the Queens Borough Public Library, McGraw-Hill, the Works Progress Administration, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the New-York Historical Society. As a freelancer, Cooper produced bibliographies on References to Beer and Ale (1937) and Educational Broadcasting (1942) [as well as this DICTIONARY CATALOGUE]. When Cooper left NYPL for the last time in 1924, she became the editor of the A.L.A. Catalog, the second update of ALA's original 1904 annotated list used by librarians to select the best books. Cooper's 1926 edition included 10,000 titles that would be of interest to public library users looking for current fiction and non-fiction. The ALA Catalog was probably the most significant of Cooper's contributions to the library profession. Margaret A. McVety, Chief of the Loan Department, Newark Free Public Library, was one of the authors of Modern American library economy as illustrated by the Newark, N.J. Free Public Library (1915) and one of the authors of The Roseville branch of the Free public library in the old Bathgate house, opened July 19, 1917 (1917), in which she compiled the list of Books on the history of Newark. Date of DICTIONARY CATALOGUE taken from OCLC record. Bookseller Inventory # 006176

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Publisher: J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd./E.P. Dutton & Co.

Publication Date: 1911

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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