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Anita SilveyFor over a decade, as Horn Book Editor, I sat in an office with two photos proudly displayed in the bookcase. One of the magazine’s founder and mastermind, Bertha Mahoney Miller. The other of the Head of Youth Services at the Boston Public Library, Alice M. Jordan. These two ladies, and ladies they were, looked at me sternly every day. It was as if they were saying, “You better not mess up what took so much of our effort to create.”
Until now, few have known about the contributions of Alice M. Jordan, who came to the BPL in 1900 and helped shape the profession of children’s librarianship. Fortunately, Gale Eaton has given us a fascinating and readable biography of Miss Jordan, filled with information about the development of children’s services in public libraries as well.
If you are in a library system, or a library school student, and you want to understand the founding of the profession and the standards that Alice Jordan worked to establish, you can do no better than to pick up this book. I am so glad that Gale Eaton undertook the research necessary to tell the story of what happened in the Boston Public Library under Miss Jordan – what she overcame and what she accomplished.