Re: Services of the Pullman Library

Alexander Schneider Jr

I have enjoyed use of the Newberry Library which offers service such as you describe. They also have a Special Collections reading room with large tables, great lighting, and one door next to the staff desk. A staff can retrieve books as called while still maintaining polite but vigilant watch. They also keep their materials in closed stacks just as we do. As I mentioned, we have neither the staff nor the space to provide such service.


Dave indicates that “I flew out to Chicago and dropped them another note asking when would be best to stop by (it was a busy weekend and so my question was intended to let them choose the best time)’


To me that says he was there for the weekend, and for the reasons previously mentioned there was probably NO time on the weekend that was acceptable. The library was closed. If he had gone to Newberry on Sunday or Monday he would have gotten the same result. The difference is that Newberry is open to the public so it posts its open hours. The Pullman Library is not, and thus has little need to do so.


Alex Schneider


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Fourth, all museums and libraries have to be vigilant against theft. Each has adopted policies to discourage theft, and abiding by such policies is part of the “cost of admission”. People who feel the rules don’t apply to them do arouse suspicion.

 Fifth, many of the drawings are not in good condition. Preservation of the information contained argues toward use of scans, not the original tracings, to minimize handling. It is also important to immediately return them to the correct storage location, as a misfiled drawing could be lost for decades. 


    Oh, c'mon, Alex. I have been to lots of archives and libraries with rare materials, and of course there is vigilance against theft, and there should be. But how about a little common sense here? One rare book library I visited allowed you to examine one book at a time. Turn it back, and you get your next request. I have worked in archives that had photo prints in folders, and you had to go through them under the eye of a librarian, and in one place, the number of prints was noted on the outside of the folder. Easy to count.

     I know Ted Anderson a little and he seems a reasonable guy. But in my view, Dave Nelson's experience is out of bounds. II would call it a black mark on the Pullman library. Just my two centavos.


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