RE: Saturday January 18 - book donations
- Hi Bob:
The AFHS Librarian, Helen Backhouse, is the official person who can
answer your concern. However, I do know that your donation of "The
McNarrys" was received and catalogued.
You are right - it is very, very helpful to have family-history-type
books in the library. When genealogists/family historians are ready to
produce any type of publication about their family or families, they can
look at the many examples of styles, contents, etc. Well-produced family
histories are really inspiring and helpful. Besides that, someone might
"connect" to a family that is written about in one of the many family
In the AFHS Library, the family histories are shelved under number
929.2. The Dewey Decimal System calls this area Biographies", but we
call them family histories. After the call number 929.2 are 4 letters
that start the "author's surname", and then sometimes a year of
publication. For example, a recent donation from Sharon Dyer was a book
titled "Barton Family Lineages". The shelf number is '929.2 DYER 2002'.
You can see that this doesn't indicate the actual family surname that
the book is about.
The Library Committee puts a label in almost all material that is
donated to acknowledge and thank the donor. Sometimes items have been
catalogued and shelved before we remember to do this, so there have been
gaps in our process. However, all donations are appreciated! In fact, if
anyone has material to donate to the library, it would help if they
could provide a brief list of the titles and their name with their
donation. We often find 'orphan' bags of books left on our doorstep
(well, in the library), and we don't know who they are from. The library
tells all donors that if their donation is a duplicate of something that
we already have - we add their donation to our "Sales Table" - so that
the library still benefits.
I am really glad that you raised this issue, Bob. Thanks.
Lorna Laughton (member of the AFHS Library Committee, along with Helen
Backhouse, Lois Nicholson, Ethel McDonald, and Olive Carlin)
P.S. My role as the co-ordinator of the "Open Library Times" is a
sub-committee of the AFHS Library Committee. I still report to "The
From: owner-dist-gen@... [mailto:owner-dist-gen@...] On
Behalf Of Bob McNarry
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2003 10:23 AM
To: dist-gen@...; Lorna Laughton
Subject: Re: Saturday January 18 - AFHS Library open
Last November I donated a book about the McNarry family to the AFHS
library entitled "The McNarrys." I thought that it might serve as a
sample of a well produced book about a family history. Several years ago
I donated a local history book entitled "Foxwarren" to the library. I
have not had an acknowledgement of either donation. My concern is that I
would like to know that they are available for general usage. I let my
membership lapse a few years ago because of personal problems. I do have
hopes of renewing sometime this year.