“IN SEPTEMBER 1885, a bunch of librarians spent four days holed up in scenic Lake George, just over 200 miles north of New York City. (..)
They discussed a range of issues, from the significance of the term “bookworm” to the question of whether libraries ought to have a separate reference-room for ladies.
They then turned their attention to another crucial issue: handwriting. (..)
This was the beginning of “library hand,” a penmanship style developed over the ensuing year or so for the purpose of keeping catalogs standardized and legible.”
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