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The Wichita Public Library told Yahoo Lifestyle that the program is something that it adopted in 2016 through the Polaris Integrated Library System, which is the software used by the library to manage customer accounts and inventory of the library collection. In a statement, the library’s communications specialist, Sean Jones, assured that the system makes sure to keep track of the cost of an item being borrowed without attaching it to a specific title so that a person’s reading history remains confidential.
A number of other libraries use the same system, and Jones says that the Wichita community, in particular, has responded positively to it.
Born Belle Marion Greener in Washington, D.C., Greene grew up there and in New York City. Her biographer Heidi Ardizzone who wrote An Illuminated Life: Bella da Costa Greene’s Journey from Prejudice to Privilege lists Greene’s birth date as November 26, 1879. Her mother was Genevieve Ida Fleet, a member of a well-known African-American family in the nation’s capital, while her father was Richard Theodore Greener, an attorney who served as dean of the Howard University School of Law and was the first black student and first black graduate of Harvard (class of 1870). Belle was the librarian to J. P. Morgan. After his death in 1913, Greene continued as librarian under his son, Jack Morgan. In 1924 the private collection was incorporated by the State of New York as a library for public uses, and the Board of Trustees appointed Greene first director of the Pierpont Morgan Library.
Currently, Berkley’s Kate Seaver won North American rights, at auction, to Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray’s work of historical fiction, The Personal Librarian. Seaver spent a rumored high six figures on the book, which is based on the life of Belle da Costa Greene, a famously bohemian woman who, in 1905, was tapped by American financier J Pierpont Morgan to curate a collection of varied pieces for his then-new Morgan Library. Berkley said that the bestselling authors explore how Greene at once “wielded enormous power in her rarified world” but also held a deep secret “that could ruin her carefully crafted identity.” Benedict (The Only Woman in the Room) was represented by Laura Dail at the Laura Dail Literary Agency and Murray (Stand Your Ground) by Liza Dawson at Liza Dawson Associates. Librarian is slated for 2021.
COURTESY OF NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY
Candidates must be highly skilled in math and linguistics, willing to relocate and able to keep a secret to the death. Only college age women with no imminent wedding plans need apply.
A number of librarians had been recruited to decipher unfiled smatterings of coded messages for the U.S. Navy during World War II.
The US military, caught by surprise at Pearl Harbor, realized they needed to quickly set up a code-breaking unit. They turned to thousands of women with classical liberal arts educations and built on those skills to assemble teams of expert code breakers. Like their counterparts working at England’s Bletchley Park, the American women’s collegiate experience reading and interpreting complex texts or wrestling with advanced mathematics prepared them well for untangling the shifting, arcane world of crypotanalysis.
Librarians brought their own skills to the teams. In addition to breaking codes, these professionals, mostly women, set the stage for their teams’ successes. They kept records. They organized vast amounts of disordered and unrelated information into logical categories. And by applying the principles of indexing and cataloging, they connected previously disjointed information and made it discoverable.
Code-breaking women who had secretly signed their lives away without a pause. while their fathers and brothers, boyfriends and husbands, had gone off to fight on the front lines. But these women—more than 10,000—didn’t sit at home and wait. When their country called, they answered and they fought, too.
Looking through archives, local journalist and author Liza Mundy came across librarian Jaenn Magdalene Coz’s writing. Immediately, she knew they’d be the epigraph of the book she was working on, Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.
Over the past several years, Mundy relentlessly combed through archival records for her book. She pored over data, documents, and all there was to be read about the code girls, drawing from three large collections produced by the Army and Navy during and after the war. Most of these collections had been classified for decades. Now, many of the documents are available at the National Archives at College Park.
Mundy managed to track down and interview more than 20 of these code breakers, now in their 90s. She could tell some of the women were “fading,” but they still happily told her tales of what they could remember about that time in their lives, and the archives backed up their memories.
Navy women broke enemy naval codes used across the world, helping in the effort to shoot down the plane of Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto.