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LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, AND JUDICIAL
APPROPRIATION BILL, 1916
#EP 19 1924
BEFORE SUBCOMMITTEE OF HOUSE COMMITTEE
MESSRS. JOSEPH T. JOHNSON (Chairman), JOSEPH W. BYRNS, EUGENE
AND WILLIAM M. CALDER
IN CHARGE OF
THE LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, AND JUDICIAL
APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1916
LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, AND JUDICIAL
HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MESSRS. JOSEPH
T. JOHNSON (CHAIRMAN), JOSEPH W. BYRNS, EUGENE F. KINKEAD, WILLIAM P. BORLAND, JAMES W. GOOD, AND WILLIAM M. CALDER, OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN CHARGE OF THE LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, AND JUDICIAL APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1916, ON THE DAYS NAMED.
FRIDAY, November 27, 1914.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.
STATEMENT OF MR. HERBERT PUTNAM, LIBRARIAN. Mr. Johnson. Mr. Librarian, we want to finish this bill and have it ready when Congress meets.
Mr. Putxam. Yes, Mr. Chairman.
Mr. Johnson. Therefore, as we have before us all the hearings on the previous bills, I suggest that wherever you have an item in the bill that you have already discussed with the committee, we will not take up any time in discussing it now.
I see that you have asked for only three additional people in your estimates, at $600 each. Do you desire to make any statement about that?
Mr. PUTNAM. Two of them, Mr. Chairman, are for the stacks subsidiary to the reading room, to get books on call. We have needed them and asked for them for two years past, and we need them more now. The third is a $600 employee to operate our motor cycle in connection with the delivery of books, especially to the residences of Senators and Representatives. We are very much embarrassed to take care of the increased demand for that sort of service.
INCREASES IN SALARIES.
All of the increases of salary that are recommended are in the nature of those requested last year, and then explained that is, for the purpose of regrading the positions under $1,200. In the case of 135 positions Congress granted for this year an advance of $5 per
month, while in most of the cases we had recommended $1 year we have resubmitted in part those recommendations, have added certain others. I think, with a view to what i just stated, Mr. Chairman, that where an explanation was si to you last year it would not be necessary to repeat it at lei year, I need merely say that as to these recommendations the involved is one of policy.
There is a very considerable and a rather mortifying dis between the Library service and that of other department Government in the pay of these minor positions. I think only just way is to treat them in groups, but how far in any Congress can go in remedying the discrepancy is, of course, purely for this committee to determine. I can merely su statement.
Mr. Johnson. It is a question of policy.
Mr. PUTNAM. Yes, sir; and the cases speak for themselve this addition, however, that as to part of the cases, where a of people in a group have come to us with considerable e which has been expensive for them to acquire and others h with us a great number of years, I should like the privilege porating in the record this memorandum emphasizing th siderations.
Mr. JOHNSON. Just turn that over to the stenographer f tion in the record.
(The statement referred to is as follows:) Five positions in the reading room at $900 are recommended fo to $1,200.
The service connected with these positions is now being performed i sistants, four of whom, at $960, are detailed from other divisions.
These five posítions are at the delivery desk in the main reading ro are concerned with the direct service of books and aid to readers, r to the general public, but to Senators and Representatives presentin or inquiries there. Even with the best effort of the higher officials to the more difficult questions, a large percentage of these must be h these men. To handle them efficiently and discreetly they must hav equivalent of a college education, library training or experience, tac dress. At $900 we have never succeeded in keeping such men. Now longer even get them.
Certain letters received will sufficiently indicate the situation. I g three of them :
Letter of J. I. Wyer, jr., director New York Library School, Dec 1912:
“I know that in times past we have occasionally been able to reci man for your reading room who has seemed to have suitable equipmen was willing to begin at $900. I declare that we may never be able again.
Certainly at the present time I know of no one to you."
Letter from J. C. M. Hanson, associate director University o: Libraries, December 19, 1912:
“I have delayed my answer to your inquiry of December 12 in the some person might come to my notice likely to qualify for the post tioned. If a woman were wanted I could supply several names, bu almost hopeless now to secure a man with some education and tr: $900 a year, at any rate here in Chicago
Letter of Miss J. A. Rathbone, vice director School of Library Scie Institute, January 6, 1913:
“ You may be sure that your letter of December 12 would not hay long unanswered if I had bad any man to recommend to you. Not men graduates whom I think at all fitted for the work at Washington as little as $900, so I can be of no assistance in the matter."