Tuesday, October 11, 2011
LOUISE ELIZABETH JONES (1879-1955)
Louise E. Jones was born in Wisconsin 132 years ago today.
Prior to becoming a librarian, Jones was interested in both teaching and art. She earned a diploma in Latin from the Oshkosh Normal School in 1900 and then became a teacher. She left teaching to come to New York City and earned a degree in Manual Art from Pratt Institute in 1906.
In 1910 she entered NYPL and began studying at Teachers College (earning a BS in 1911). She later earned a two-year degree from the NYPL Library School in 1916.
Louise Jones was promoted to Branch Librarian at the Rivington Street Branch in 1917. She was transferred to the Aguilar Branch in 1920 and was credited with turning around a troubled branch. In 1921 she was transferred to the Tremont Branch in the Bronx. This was regarded as a very important assignment, and at the time Jones was described as “unquestionably one of the most able graduates" of the NYPL Library School.
Louise Jones resigned from NYPL in 1923, shortly after her mother’s death. She subsequently moved to Denver where she served as Supervisor of Libraries for the public schools, 1923-1924. She then moved to Los Angeles to work at the LA Public Library, eventually becoming head of the Philosophy and Religion Department.