Sunday, March 16, 2014

No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us...

“No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us, - something more than we could learn ourselves, from a book” by Cyril Connolly, English critic and editor, 1903-1974

QuotationsMore quotes by  Cyril Connolly in  Dictionary of Library and Information Science Edited by Mohamed Taher and L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) (p. 92-93)

On the same shelf:
  • Each of us is a book waiting to be written, and that book, if written, results in a person  explained.” - Thomas M. Cirignano, Author -- (source and here) /  "Each of us is a book waiting to be written, and that book if written, he must trust and he must have faith. And so he builds, because what is building, and rebuilding and rebuilding again, but an act of faith." (source: Author Garry Phillips  via FB's Shameless Book Lovers)

Sunday, January 05, 2014

The Library at Night

0300151306 The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel, Yale University Press (2009), ISBN: 0300151306
About the book:
Inspired by the process of creating a library for his fifteenth-century home near the Loire, in France, Alberto Manguel, the acclaimed writer on books and reading, has taken up the subject of libraries. “Libraries,” he says, “have always seemed to me pleasantly mad places, and for as long as I can remember I’ve been seduced by their labyrinthine logic.” In this personal, deliberately unsystematic, and wide-ranging book, he offers a captivating meditation on the meaning of libraries.

Manguel, a guide of irrepressible enthusiasm, conducts a unique library tour that extends from his childhood bookshelves to the “complete” libraries of the Internet, from Ancient Egypt and Greece to the Arab world, from China and Rome to Google. He ponders the doomed library of Alexandria as well as the personal libraries of Charles Dickens, Jorge Luis Borges, and others. He recounts stories of people who have struggled against tyranny to preserve freedom of thought—the Polish librarian who smuggled books to safety as the Nazis began their destruction of Jewish libraries; the Afghani bookseller who kept his store open through decades of unrest. Oral “memory libraries” kept alive by prisoners, libraries of banned books, the imaginary library of Count Dracula, the library of books never written—Manguel illuminates the mysteries of libraries as no other writer could. With scores of wonderful images throughout, The Library at Night is a fascinating voyage through Manguel’s mind, memory, and vast knowledge of books and civilizations.


"'... crowded with memorable tales of reading as rescue, as solace, as liberation, in times of want, fear or tyranny... The Library at Night revels in the physical pleasure of drifting and dipping through the Gutenberg galaxy of ink-on-paper books.' Boyd Tonkin interview with Alberto Manguel, The Independent 'Books jump out of their jackets when Manguel opens them and dance in delight as they make contact with his ingenious, voluminous brain. He is not the keeper of a silent cemetery, but a master of bibliographical revels.' Peter Conrad, The Observer"

About the Author

Alberto Manguel is an internationally acclaimed anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist, and editor, and the author of several award-winning books, including A Dictionary of Imaginary Places and A History of Reading.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Quotable Quote by Carol Lynch Williams, 'books take you anywhere... '

Carol Lynch Williams

“Lacey-girl, books take you anywhere. Any place you want to go. You remember that always.”

―  Miles from Ordinary: A Novel Carol Lynch Williams (St. Martin's Griffin , 2011)

See also:
  • Instruction in School Library Media Center Use (K-12) Thomas L. Hart - Page 119  " Share ideas about how books "take you anywhere." Make posters showing experiences learners can have through books, or places they can take books. Write stories of adventures with books. Tell "tall tales" about places learners have taken ..."  
  • Plays: The Drama Magazine for Young People - Volume 1 - Page 144  "How can books take you anywhere? Mother Why, quite easily, son. Between the two covers of a book, there is a kind of magic. As you turn page after page from beginning to end, you travel all over the world, and even further to places that ..."

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Proof of education is in ... (not in a university degree)

An eminent educationist Cyril Norwood in his speech at the Annual Conference of ASLIB (1935) said firmly, "It is better proof of education to know how to use a library than to possess a university degree." (source) (from the text of the speech)
Also quoted by C.K. Sharma, ‎Kiran Singh - 2005 - ‎Library administration
and cited in Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations  
Edited by Mohamed Taher and L S S R Valluri Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 
(New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) (p. 284). 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Advise On Best Books To Select in a Library, Charles Ammi Cutter (1837 – 1903)

He said:
    'There is no royal road to the selection of a library. There are no "best books." "Each in its place is best." There are no books which  can truly be called "the only good books." There are very many desirable  books of very varying degrees of literary and other merit, which must      be provided to suit, I do not say the tastes, but the needs of the  public; and the library so made is not going to be at all a library of  standard books or an ideal library or, in the judgment of most people,  a well-selected library. But it may nevertheless be a very useful and a   very educational library.'[source: Library Journal, 1901]
Also quoted in Dictionary of Library and Information Science  Quotations 
    Edited by Mohamed Taher and L S S R Valluri Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) (p. 100). 
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·                   Library book selection then (1925), now (2013),... in principle it remains unchanged...

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Information is for use -- thought for the day

  • Information Wants to be Consumed | R. L. Rutsky -
  • How to access free academia - Download scientific papers for free .
  • This article was taken from the November 2013 issue of Wired magazine. ...
    The big academic publishers wrap their scientific papers in despotic paywalls. But you need that research to feed your natural curiosity! Here's how to read up without paying a penny.
    Search smarter
    Use Google Scholar to search for the full title of the paper you require. Can you see "[PDF]" on the right? Then you're in luck -- some learned and helpful soul has made a copy available elsewhere. ...
  • "If information - including conflicting views and sometimes even contradictory views - comes from every quarter, we are more likely to arrive at the truth out of that welter than if only one aspect of it was presented. The whole concept of freedom of information rests on this idea." Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, born this day, 14 November,  1889 in Freedom of Information (1962) quoted in Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations Edited by Mohamed Taher and L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) (p. 281).
  • “Information is the only resource that grows, with use as it is sub-divided and spreads.” quoted in Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations Edited by Mohamed Taher and L S S R Valluri. Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) (p. 370).
  • "First and formost, freedom of exchange of ideas and results. The more free communication is
    hampered, the more inefficient the process of knowledge generation becomes. On a wall in the Delft
    library a slogan says: “Information is the only resource that grows with use.” Universities have known
    that for centuries already and modern knowledge management theories depart from there. Recently,
    MIT announced their Open Courseware project and decided to make public all their course material on
    the Internet. When I disussed this with Delft people, I only met twinkling eyes. Our scholars love the
    idea; in fact, they seemed to be somewhat jealous." Leo Waaijers, "Stratum continuum of Information: Scolarlycommunications and the role of university libraries" (Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences, 2001)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

John Mortimer: 'I don't believe in children's books


'I don't believe in children's books. I think after you've read Kidnapped, Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn, you're ready for anything.' (Books and Bookmen, May, 1986)

More similar quotes are in Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations Edited by Mohamed Taher and L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) (p 276.)

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Carnegie libraries Today

“This is one of Andrew Carnegie's original libraries. It opened in 1902. It has always been a library and by the 1980s, when the steel mills were shutting down, we were able to hang on by the skin of our teeth. From 1985 to the early 1990s, we were struggling to keep the doors open...” quote by Library Director, Jo Ellen Kenney,  Carnegie Library of McKeesport

 More similar quotes and by Andrew Carnegie are in Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations Edited by Mohamed Taher and L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) (pp 72-73.)

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Informatics, informatistics, informatology, exagelectics, documentalistics ...

"Informatics, which some authors also call informatistics, informatology, exagelectics, documentalistics, theory etc., is a new, arising branch of science, which has sprung up as a result of a study into the influence of information circulation (exchange) for the existence of human society. Informatics includes theoretical, experimental and applied fields, just like other natural and social sciences." By Merta, 'INFORMATICS AS A BRANCH OF  SCIENCE' (1969), Quote #2420 in Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations
Edited by Mohamed Taher and L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) p. 265 (see also: Informatics and its related words in the Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations: Quote #96, 216, 413, 591, 596, 749, 790, 853, 866, 961, 979, 1230, 1311, 1409, 1841, 1866, 1923, 2502, 2709, 2994, 2997, 3105, 3158, 3316).

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Saturday, June 01, 2013

The Librarian's Book of Quotes -- Yet another source to depend upon

Title: THE LIBRARIAN'S BOOK OF QUOTES, Tatyana Eckstrand, Compiler, 9780838909881, Am. Library Association, 2009, 117 pages
About the book:
"“The Librarian’s Book of Quotes” is a compendium of nearly 300 insightful, thought provoking and inspiring aphorisms from writers from Shakespeare to Ray Bradbury that sing the praises of librarians’ skills, values and the institutions they support. "

"I have always imagined that paradise will be some kind of library;" this line from a poem by Jorge Luis Borges is among the approximately 450 quotations about libraries and librarians compiled here by Eckstrand (library science, U. of Buffalo, New York). -- "The librarian's book of quotes." Reference & Research Book News Aug. 2009.

What to experts say:
  • "Add this one to your quotations shelf. There are several hundred excellent ideas in this small but attractive volume. " Loertscher, David V. "The Librarian's Book of Quotes." Teacher Librarian 37.3 (2010): 72. Academic OneFile. Web. 30 June 2013.
  • "The text includes citations for the original source material, and a handy biographical dictionary provides background on quoted individuals. Unfortunately, the biographical index does not include page citations, so you need to browse through the book to find quotes by specific authors. The quotations are in no particular
    order. In addition, the quotations are primarily from American figures. A more extensive, global collection is still needed." Griebel, Rosemary. "The Librarian's Book of Quotes." Feliciter 56.3 (2010): 124.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Quote that inspires: Everyday in everyway library staff make a difference - one person at a time

One of my favourite parables, originally told to me by Joel Barker. "Every day in every way library staff make a difference - one person at a time. Add 'em up."

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Books can be dangerous

Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled: "This could change your life." Quotations

Info Courtesy: Have you had a book that changed your life?
Stephen Abram shared Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library's photo.
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Thursday, October 04, 2012

How to find credibility of a quote

The challenge of the day is finding credibility of a quote attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King:
"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy."

In Google Power Search, Prof. Daniel M. Russell, Google's resident search anthropologist, teaches how to, a) Verify the credibility of information you find on the web, and b) To check your findings, just do one more search. He says: "Credibility--can you trust the information you find online? How can you find out whether information is accurate and true?"
Interestingly, on the Internet every creative sentence sounds interesting. But, most lack the required credibility--who said, when, how and where it can be verified.
Here are few researched articles, identified by Dan, on the ways to find if a statement is real or fake. Each of these relate to finding if a quote attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King was authentic:
  • Google Date Range Filter Simplifies Search Results, By Robert Strohmeyer, PCWorld
  • Anatomy of a Fake Quotation, by Megan McArdle
  • Out of Osama's Death, a Fake Quotation Is Born, By Megan McArdle
  • How to Spot a Fake, by Anna Berkes
    On the same shelf: Where else can you verify a quote, check the following:
  • Thursday, January 12, 2012

    The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.

    T.S Eliot, in a 1922 essay, "Tradition and the Individual Talent." Quoted now in 'Why Authors Tweet,' ANNE TRUBEK "140 Characters in Search of an Author." New York Times Book Review. January 6, 2012:31.

    Many more literary quotes are in Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations     Edited by Mohamed Taher & L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) pp. 149-150. Available @