Library Quotes

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“If we didn’t already have libraries, they would now have to be invented. They are the keys to American success in fully exploiting the information superhighways of the future.”

James Billington
Librarian of Congress

James Billington

Category: Library Community
Primary Source: The newsletter of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, Las Cruces, NM
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“What is more important to a library than anything else – than everything else – is the fact that it exists.”

Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982)
American Poet, Writer, and the Librarian of Congress

Archibald MacLeish

Category: Contemporary Authors, Library Community
Primary Source: Friends to Friends, newsletter of the Friends of the Covington (WA) Library
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“A library’s function is to give the public in the quickest and cheapeast way information, inspiration, and recreation. If a better way than the book can be found, we should use it.”

Melvil Dewey (1851-1931)
American Librarian and Educator

Melvil Dewey

Category: Library Community, Historical Figures
Primary Source: 2004 @ your libraryTM desk calendar created by theArkansas Library Association
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“At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into alibrary, we change their lives forever, for the better.”
— President (then Senator) Barack Obama

 

“When I was a kid and the other kids were home watching Leave It to Beaver, my father and stepmother were marching me off to the library.”
— Oprah Winfrey, talk-show host

What are you doing…..

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I met a friend the other day in Arima, we went to TTHTI (Hotel School) together and we started talking since we haven’t seen eachother in a while and I was a little astonished at how the conversation went…I was told that Librarianship is not a job and why am I wasting my time on a job that makes no sense and pays next to nothing (that’s what she thinks…). So I had to cut the conversation short and give her a little piece of my mind.

I had to make it known that the degree I have and the one i am doing only differs because, one deals with food and the other deals with books(etc). But it is similar in the way of meeting new people and remembering either their face or name when you see them next and for me that’s the most important thing.

I also think that most if not all of the jobs out here deals with meeting people and we as future librarians need to remind people that our jobs are not different at all in any way… So in closing I would like you all to not let anyone try to move you from what you have your heart and mind set on doing, and once it makes you happy that,s all you need…

Who are Librarians????

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Ok, sure… We’ve all got little preconceived notions about who Librarians are and what they do. Many people think of Librarians as diminutive civil servants, scuttling about “SSSSH-ING” people and stamping things.

WELL THINK AGAIN!!!

Librarians have degrees. They go to graduate school for Information Science and become masters of data systems and Human- Computer interaction. Librarians can catalog anything from an onion to a dog’s ear. THEY CAN CATALOGUE YOU..

Librarians wield unfathomable power. With a flip of the wrist they can hide you dissertation behind piles of old Field and Stream magazines. They can find data for your term paper that you never knew existed. They may even point you towards new and appropriate subject headings. People become Librarians because THEY KNOW TOO MUCH….. Their knowlegde extends beyond mere categories. They cannot be confined to disciplines. Librarians are all-knowing and all- seeing.

THEY BRING ORDER TO CHAOS…. They bring wisdom and culture to the masses. They preserve every aspect of human knowledge….

LIBRARIANS RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jason the librarian

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I am loving this article sooo much and what he is saying has a loth of truth to it and makes a lot of sense… As the saying goes what is good for one is not always good for the other .. meaning what may be good for your library and its content may not be good for for the simple library you may have.

The contents and structure for a school library will not be the same for the a special or public library and some librarians or senior staff heading the library needs to know this and be aware of the problems they might be cause for the staff.

change is a good thing but be careful how far you change …

Libraries and your life

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Working in a library today has its ups and downs. Ups in the ways of an ever changing information system, with a new way of learning, teaching and remembering what you learnt. There are always new things to learn about either finding and doing proper research for information needed.

The downs about library is the constant changing of staff who are not always patron friendly, which causes problems in the workplace. Also, there is always an issue of salary. YES we all know you need to have a passion for your work, but the passion for work cannot pay your bills.. so the salary problem will always be an issue.

But i must say that this is a very interesting job and once you love interracting and helping people .. THE LIBRARY IS THE PLACE FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!