Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911), Librarian of the Somerville (Massachusetts) Public Library from1898 to 1911, was also a popular poet. At the 1906 Annual Meeting of the American Library Association, he read his poem entitled "The Song of the Library Staff". The poem has five stanzas each devoted to a different staff position. The stanza below is about the cataloger.
Oh, joy! to see the Library staff perpetually jogging, And to see the Cataloger in the act of cataloging. ("Catalogs - Log-books for cattle," was the school-boy's definition,- A statment not to be despised for insight and precision) Every language spoke at Babel in the books that pile her table, Every theme discussed since Adam -- song or story, fact or fable! And she sweetly takes all knowledge for her province, as did Bacon, All the fruit that's dropped and mellowed since the Knowledge tree was shaken, All the ologies of the college, all the isms of the schools, All the unassorted knowledges she assorts by Cutter's rules; Or tags upon each author in large labels that are gluey Their place in Thought's great Pantheon in decimals of Dewey; Oh, joy! to see the Library staff perpetually jogging. And to see the Cataloger in the act of cataloging.