About the Author


A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. D'Alessandro was graduated Magna Cum Laude from John Carroll University (B. A.) in June of 1937, and subsequently from Western Reserve University Graduate School of Library Science. He was associated with the Cleveland Public Library for forty years, beginning as a page and student assistant while still in school. After completing his formal education, he held positions of increasing responsibility in branch libraries and in the Main Library of the Cleveland Library. He ended his career as Director of the Cleveland Public Library in 1970. He was called out of retirement to the Library of Congress by L. Quincy Mumford, the Librarian of Congress, in July 1970. Since then Mr. D'Alessandro has served the Library of Congress as Special assistant for Planning Management in the Reference Department, currently known as the Research Services Department.