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"Public Library work with negroes" handwritten notes Blue, Reverend Thomas Fountain, 1866-1935 400dpi TIFF G4 page images Digital Library Services, University of Kentucky Libraries Lexington, Kentucky LFP_rblue_2_01_01 These pages may freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. "Public Library work with negroes" handwritten notes Blue, Reverend Thomas Fountain, 1866-1935 Louisville Free Public Library Louisville, Ky unknown Is Part of the Reverend Thomas F. Blue Papers, ca. 1905-1935 housed at the Louisville Free Public Library, Louisville, KY. This electronic text file was created by Optical Character Recognition (OCR). No corrections have been made to the OCR-ed text and no editing has been done to the content of the original document. Encoding has been done through an automated process using the recommendations for Level 1 of the TEI in Libraries Guidelines. Digital page images are linked to the text file. ï»¿ ï»¿ ï»¿ p:\lfp_blue\staging\box_2\LFP_blue_2_01\02\01.txt ï»¿Article in The Louisville Leader, July 8, 1922. MR. T. F. BLUE ON AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION PROGRAM At the American Library Conference in Detroit, June 26 to July 1, on work with Negroes Round Table. The following paper was read by Thomas F. Blue, Head, Colored Department, Louisville Free Public Library. A distinctive feature of the Colored Department of the Louisville Free Public Library and one that has been far-reaching is the Training Class for those who desire to enter the service. The Training Class was a "child of necessity". In those days, a public library for colored people in the South was something "new under the sun". Naturally, a trained colored library assistant was a rarity. The Western Colored Branch Library of Louisville, the first colored branch library established in the country, needed assistants, so it was decided to train them. This business, like wartime training, required haste. Local assistants for the Training Class are required to have a good high school education or its equivalent, and to pass the annual examination. The class spends four to six months in the study of library methods and practice work. Instruction is given by the head and senior assistants of the Colored Department, and heads of the Department at the Main Library. This training has been taken by thirty-four persons. In establishing the Colored Department, and in organizing a Training Class the authorities of the Louisville Free Public Library did greater good than they knew. They not only made it possible to train all the assistants in the two branches, housed in Carnegie buildings, doing school, station and county work, with an annual circulation of over 100,000 volumes, but in the language of the Good Book, they have caused our "fame to spread abroad". Our work is not only accepted at home but is recognized away. Aside from the training of our own assistants we have trained most of the young women who are serving in Colored Branch libraries in the South. To be accurate, 11 young women from other cities have taken the training course. They were sent to Louisville for library training by the librarians at Houston, Birmingham, Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga. All of these women have served in libraries throughout the South. At present seven are serving in colored branch libraries at Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Birmingham and Houston, and from all indications are "making good". Editor's Note: Mr. Thomas F. Blue of the Louisville Library was the only colored representative at the recent Library Association meeting, and was the first to have a place on its program.