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Appendix IV

REPORT OF THE CARD SECTION

Washington, D. C., June 30, 1905

SIR: I have the honor to submit the annual report of the Card Section for the fiscal year 1904–5, covering the work of the Section for the twelve months July 1, 1904, to June 30, 1905.

SUBSCRIBERS TO THE CARDS

During the year 221 names have been added to the list of subscribers, bringing the total number of libraries, individuals, and firms which have thus far subscribed up to 608. About 40 per cent of the new subscribers are public libraries of less than 10,000 volumes. Of the remainder, 10 per cent are libraries of high schools, normal schools, and small colleges of less than 10,000 volumes; while about 15 per cent are public libraries and college libraries of less than 25,000 volumes.

SUBSCRIBERS CLASSIFIED

Public libraries of over 100,000 volumes...
Public libraries of from 25,000 to 100,000 volumes..

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High and normal school libraries..

Libraries of Departments of the United States Government..

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SALE OF CARDS

The increase in the sale of cards as compared with the sale of last year has been over 106 per cent. This large increase has been due chiefly to the sale of the special edition of cards issued for books listed in the new edition of the A. L. A. Catalog. It seems probable that the increase in the sale of cards ordered in other ways has been about the same as last year.

In the following tabulation of the sale of cards the amount realized from subscription to proof sheets is included. The amount charged against the appropriations of the United States Departments for cards furnished through the Library branch of the Government Printing Office is not included in the cash sales, but is given as a separate item.

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Sales to libraries of the United States Departments on requisitions obtained from the Government Printing Office...

$517.91

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METHODS OF ORDERING CARDS

It has proved impracticable to continue to keep statistics of the sales by method of ordering, owing chiefly to the fact that about one-half of the orders now received are of a mixed character, being partly by title and partly by number. It is safe to say, however, that there has been no change in methods of ordering and no considerable increase in the amount of cards ordered by one or the other method, with the notable exception of the orders received from the A. L. A. Catalog.

Orders by number from "The Cumulative Book Index” and "The A. L. A. Booklist" are of growing importance, although it is probable that during the year they have amounted to but a fraction of 1 per cent of the total.

The sales to publishers for redistribution to libraries as a means of advertising their books have amounted to about $250, or about one-sixth of 1 per cent of the total sales.

ORDERS BY NUMBER FROM THE A. L. A. CATALOG

The A. L. A. Catalog has proved to be a very satisfactory order list for L. C. cards. Instead of starting a new series of numbers for this special edition of cards, or affixing the regular card numbers in broken order, the plan was adopted of numbering consecutively the titles in the dictionary portion of the catalogue and arranging the stock to correspond. This method reduces to the minimum both the labor of preparing orders and the labor of selecting the cards.

Complete sets of cards for the 6,196 books listed in the A. L. A. Catalog are supplied for $154.56. Twelve sets have been sold during the year.

Since the publication of the catalogue in October, 1904, orders made up from this catalogue have come in steadily. It is probable that about 90 per cent of the increase in the sale of cards for the year has been due to this class of orders.

The catalogue has especially facilitated the ordering of cards by the smaller public libraries, which before its publi- . cation had no practical means of ordering them by number. To it is no doubt due the notable increase in the number of subscriptions received from small libraries.

It is manifest that such libraries now need a current supplement to the A. L. A. Catalog which will give reliable and prompt guidance in the selection of books currently published and at the same time supply the L. C. card numbers. Should the A. L. A. Booklist meet this need, it may fairly be expected to greatly promote the use of the cards by small libraries.

THE STOCK OF CARDS

The stock of printed catalogue cards now amounts to about 180,000 different cards, with an average of about 40 copies of each card.

The quality of the card stock used throughout the year has been of the highest, and the cutting and perforating have been uniformly satisfactory.

About 75 cards are reprinted each week on the average. As cards are reprinted those which were originally printed in an unsatisfactory form are changed, so far as practicable, to agree with the form of card now adopted as most satisfactory. The stock of cards therefore tends to become uniform.

THE DEPOSITORY LIBRARIES

Two complete sets of cards have been sent to the “Institut International de Bibliographie." The set of cards now on exhibition at Portland will be sent to the Public Library of New South Wales at the close of the Exposition. A complete depository set has also been supplied to the Louisville Public Library.

Partial sets of cards, acquired by purchase by Bowdoin College and Princeton University, have been completed and the libraries of these institutions made regular depositories.

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