Wollaston branch library, Quincy1
1923 was an impressive year for new library construction in the Commonwealth. The following towns received a new main building or branch:
Meanwhile, just like today, many library conferences took place around New England, focusing on timeless topics like professional development and increasing outreach to underserved patron groups.
The year's Southern New England Library Conference in Providence discussed the expansion of special libraries devoted to disciplines such as law, education, natural science, and the fine arts. In March of 1923, the annual library institute at Simmons College took place over the course of four days, touching on topics ranging from work with foreign-born citizens, cataloging and classification, public relations-style outreach, and children's literature.3
What else happened in 1923?
1. Digital Commonwealth [link].
2. Annual Report of the Board of Library Commissioners for the Year Ending November 30, 1923.
3. Massachusetts Library Club Bulletin, 1923-1924.
4. www.cambridgehistory.org [link].
5. sabr.org [link].
6. 1923 - Wikipedia entry [link].
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