Saturday, October 17, 2009

Shift Again: Libraries in the Near Future - I

As we wander through this exciting and terrifying look at What's Next, we'll be bearing these library philosophies in mind:

From Karen Schneider's Meme Masquerading as Manifesto:

The user is the sun.
The user is the magic element that transforms librarianship from a gatekeeping trade to a services profession.
The user is not broken.

We'll also bear in mind Ranganathan's 5 Laws of Librarianship:

Books are for use.
Every reader his [or her] book.
Every book its reader.
Save the time of the User.
The library is a growing organism.

Of particular importance are the last two laws
Save the time of the User
The library is a growing organism

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