Saturday, November 21, 2015

A book without women ... by REBECCA SOLNIT

"There are good and great books on the Esquire list, though even Moby-Dick, which I love, reminds me that a book without women is often said to be about humanity but a book with women in the foreground is a woman’s book." in 80 BOOKS NO WOMAN SHOULD READ, by REBECCA SOLNIT TRIES TO KILL A ZOMBIE
See more quotes on Women, in Dictionary of Library and Information Science Edited by Mohamed Taher and L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994), pages 377-378.

Friday, October 23, 2015

They're for Books, Not Baby-Sitting, Libraries Say

  • They're for Books, Not Baby-Sitting, Libraries Say, LATimes
  •  Reinventing the Library  "Librarians today are forced to take on a variety of functions that their society is too miserly or contemptuous to fulfill, and the use of their scant resources to meet those essential social obligations diminishes their funds for buying new books and other materials. But a library is not a homeless shelter (at the St. Agnes library in New York, I witnessed a librarian explaining to a customer why she could not sleep on the floor), a nursery or a fun fair (the Seneca East Public Library in Attica, Ohio, offers pajama parties), or a prime provider of social support and medical care (which American librarians today nonetheless routinely give)."
  • La Jolla library opens biotech lab: A comment reads: "I don't see the point. A niche market wants to be popular. How often will I need to copy DNA?"
  • People love public libraries, but they aren’t using them
  • The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Tips for Daily Living Volunteer- Powered Library is not intended to provide medical advice or treatment. Only your healthcare provider can provide that.
    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Tips for Daily Living Volunteer-
    Powered Library is not intended to provide medical advice or treatment. Only your healthcare
    provider can provide that.
  • Never underestimate my ability to find shit out. I'm a librarian. SOMEECARDS.COM
  • “If librarians were honest, they would say, No one spends time here without being changed…” Brain Pickings
  • pBooks, eBooks, & dBooks: why we are hooked on books and bookness
  • "Our libraries (Hants) are internet enabled so you can reserve/renew etc at any time from home. I find that makes them really attractive. Reserve the book you want and then pick it up when it is available. At Gosport the library has been extended to become a "Discovery Centre" so it is a mixture of libary, museum and exhibition centre." Mark Frank said... @ DONALD CLARK Libraries - in terminal decline
  • "Obscuring the true purpose of libraries through meaningless labels like ‘idea stores’ and diversifying their functions may shore up visitor levels, but it shows a condescending cynicism on the part of those in power. All of a sudden we are being thought of as too busy or unintelligent to bother with a book. And that would be a true tragedy." Battle in Print: "Books should remain the essence of public libraries" Andrew Wheelhouse vs. Kiranjeet Kaur Gill
  • A Commnet by iwakar "I cringe every time I read references about librarianship service desks as "anything to do with Apple retail stores." ALA Mag in "Transforming the Library Profession Recruiting librarianship's best and brightest"
  • As Stoffle, Leeder, and Sykes-Casavant encourage, “If we can give up our traditional understandings of library work and collaborate with others to take action, we will see transformation that makes our work more efficient and increases our value to the higher educational institutions we serve.” What Do We Do Now? A Case for Abandoning Yesterday and Making the Future
  • Books are only one aspect of what libraries and librarians are about. Librarianship is a people profession; a librarian's job is to connect people with the information they are seeking, whatever format that may take. At their heart, all library jobs have a central purpose: to help people access and use information, for education, for work, or for pleasure. In all library roles customer service and communication skills are important. If anyone ever thought they'd become a librarian because they liked books or reading, they would be sorely disappointed if they did not also like people too. in "Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian"
  • "It’s one thing to adapt public libraries to community changes is there’s no longer a need for quiet spaces for reading or contemplation, although I doubt that need ever goes away. It’s another to think of college libraries as something other than quiet places for study. It’s possible that the students have no quiet places at home or work, and most public spaces are noisy." The Library is Not for Studying
  • "And finally (@singlesoliloquy) a #library is NOT: a classroom, a cafe, or a parking lot, although all can usefully be attached to one!" A LIBRARY IS NOT…
  • "Before putting too much credence into the thoughts of Sari Feldman, the Cuyahoga County Public Library constituents should be polled.  Recently i received an email from the library telling me that the loan period had to be shortened from three weeks to two because they did not have the budget for buying books that they used to have.  Our system has been raided for "recording studios" but we have no books on recording.  The county already has recording studios in the community colleges.  Ms. Feldman has achieved her goal of raising her profile but has damaged our library system which will never pass a levy again because of the discord she has sown.  Just a word of warning to those whose boots are here on the ground." a comment by Mark Friedlander in '9 surprising things you can find at the library,' By Silvia Ascarelli 

  • "It's sad to see public libraries throwing away as many books as they buy, just to maintain a physical collection in a limited space. I would rather see libraries make a total commitment to digital formats, so that every book that could be checked out would be a download. The physical collection would be one-of-a-kind local and historical works. Libraries could once again be places where scholars would travel to for special research. For the rest of us, they would be a protected reading space." A comment by agore in "As Books Disappear, Libraries Are Still Transforming the World"
  • "Public libraries are currently under attack as never before. Quite apart from the imperatives of cutting council spending, many critics question the point of public libraries. With the advent of the internet and the ebook, public libraries are described as out-dated. They are also accused of being too Middle Class and of being a luxury we cannot afford when other services are facing financial pressure. This page aims to address some of these points and to highlight the main purposes that libraries exist to provide." in Reasons for Public Libraries
  • "Within the digital media lab Youth Technology Librarian Catherine Halpin supports teens and organises workshops on music making, 3D modelling, video editing, programming, photoshop and graphic design. Workshops are often provided by community partners. Technology Librarians need to know enough to get people started but don’t need to be experts." Travelling Librarian 2015 - source: here and here
    "The big takeaways I got from this excellent report were as follows:
  • The emphasis (in US Libraries) is now very much on programming rather than stock.
  • Every library’s community is different, engaging with communities and meeting the needs of individual communities is vital, there is no one size fits all when it comes to programming" -- source:

  • "Sometimes I wonder if Librarians are what's killing public Libraries. Or rater what killed them. From my point of view, as a modern public Library manager, a focus on fusty old books (the Librarian hoarders paradise) and 'Information' (what time is the bus to) is somewhat missing the point and holding public Libraries back from what they need to become, the front line of the local authority and a bustling community resource."
    "Speaking to staff at my local library their main gripe is not cuts but being used as unpaid child minders by the local.... community who dump their children at the library for between seven and ten hours a day, six days a week. That and staff and service users being verbally abused by older ... teenagers"
    "The question about the future direction (or even existence) of libraries is largely due to the creation of the profession known as the "library administrator." These people are not librarians; they are administrators and may be ok at administrating a computer network, but not much good at caring for printed materials. Nicholson Baker's book, Double Fold, illustrates the problem."
    "IMHO if public libraries are to continue to exist, they will need to find ways to continue the roll out of the internet ebook lending mechanism, which seems to have stalled for several years. There also needs to be a major reform in the way that books are selected for procurement, to avoid shelves full of books that people don't want."Reader's comments, source: Who would be a librarian now? You know what, I'll have a go, Guardian News
  • "A library in Michigan lends out power tools and measuring tapes. In Rhode Island, fishing rods are on offer. Harvard Library offers members a chance to sign up for timeslots with a Shih Tzu — for those times you really need snuggles but don’t want to deal with a pet of your own. And at Philly’s McPherson Square Branch in Kensington, there’s a whole collection of cake pans you can borrow to add more fun to home baking sessions. It’s the sharing economy, on a public service level." Read more 'Way beyond books' in Philly’s Paschalville Library has a new collection: Neckties
  • Says Lauren Smith "I really don't like to try to be a futurist, but I think the future for public libraries as things stand is a decimated and de-professionalised service with patchwork levels of provision across the country," in Libraries: The decline of a profession? @
  • Patrons are expected to be actively engaged in a library service or event. Loitering or sleeping is not permitted on Library premises. Loitering is defined as sitting or standing idly about; lingering aimlessly without using library services, regular and/or prolonged attendance at the library without using library services. Kingston Frontenac Public Library, (New) Patron Code of Conduct
  • "Many science activities and materials are easy to incorporate into library programs; you may find that you’re already including elements that increase STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) knowledge, for example, talking about color mixing or identifying and playing with shapes." Preschool STEM Lab | Field Reports, Library Journal
  • "Public libraries across the country are housing so-called “libraries of things,” from which people can borrow useful items for a short time instead of buying them outright. This is a largely hidden feature of the growing “sharing economy,” but it may be poised to take off as many Americans become increasingly concerned about waste and environmental sustainability. " How Libraries — Yes, Libraries — Are Helping People Ditch Stuff They Don’t Need
  • "I want students to view our libraries as places where they want to be. I like the idea of them coming in, checking out a video for pleasure, and watching it on their computer while they exercise for an hour. If they enjoy being at the library for reasons other than academics, maybe they will be more comfortable visiting the library—and approaching librarians—in the future." Sweating in the Stacks, University library offers exercise bikes for student use American Libraries Magazine
  • “People still associate libraries with quiet places to check out a book, but we’re so much more than that.” Sharp Dressed, Well Read: This Philly Library Lets Job Hunters Borrow Ties, The ‘tiebrary’ provides residents with a cravat for the all-important interview.
  • What next for a library thinking outside the box? Well, the library already lends out museum passes and the like, works of art, and e-books, plus the books and other material typically associated with library lending. And in the future, who knows? Maybe bike locks for people who ride to the library and don’t have a lock, and maybe fishing poles when the new Founder’s Walk is constructed along the harbor area outside the library. Milford Library will loan out American Girl dolls Books, videos, e-books, etc., and now …
  • Susan's actual job title is "crisis worker," not because there's always a loud crisis in the library, but because she's not meant to be a long-term case worker. She refers clients to other service providers and follows up with them to make sure they have what they need. Central Library brings a social worker on board (Column)
  • The newest library on campus contains no books and offers no borrowing privileges. Located in the basement of Stocking Hall, it lacks the soaring windows and grand views of other locations. Students can’t access the library, and since it’s kept at a constant 54 degrees, it would not offer much of a study refuge anyway. New library shelves 3,400 bottles of wine -- Cornell Chronicle
  • First it was books, then CDs and videos. Now, people can borrow star-gazing gear from the Confederation Public Library in Charlottetown. A six-inch Dobsonian reflecting telescope is now available for one-week loans. P.E.I.'s library telescope in high demand
  • Liz Vezina, a librarian at Cushing for 17 years, told the Globe she never imagined working as the director of a library without any books. (She hosts a book club on campus called the Off-line Readers.) And Alexander Coyle, chairman of the history department, said, "A lot us are wondering how this changes the dignity of the library, and why we can't move to increase digital resources while keeping the books." E-Shocker: Prep School Library Goes All Digital, Shelf Awareness

Saturday, May 17, 2014

“Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time” Edwin P. Whipple

Bookmark and Information courtesy: Toronto Public Library

Bookmark Contest 2014 @ KidsSpace: Toronto Public Library

Bookmark Contest Winner: Justine Anne, 11, (Perth Dupont Branch)

See more quotes by Edwin Percy Whipple, (1819 - 1886) an American essayist and critic, in Dictionary of Library and Information Science Edited by Mohamed Taher and L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994), pages 377-378.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Which author would you most want to call, if you were given the opportunity?

"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the
author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though." JD Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (published 1951, a novel).

More quotes by JD Salinger, writers and reading in Dictionary of Library and Information Science Edited by Mohamed Taher and L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994)

'Which author would you most want to call, if you were given the opportunity?' -- Tag line courtesy: Random House, Inc.

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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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. ...
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  • "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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