Sunday, May 18, 2014

A battle about the form and function of libraries is not over -- Thoughts from the Secrets of the Stacks

The book that is in context is: 0374261202The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading by Phyllis Rose
"Viewing libraries as repositories, he overestimated their  preservation function and underestimated their need to serve a specific community. I find myself sympathetic, if unequally, to both parties in this dispute, wholeheartedly to Baker’s book-loving bellows of rage at the destruction of precious objects but also to the librarian’s desire to create an institution that serves its community. That this battle about the form and function of libraries is not over was made clear when the New York Public Library’s announcement of new construction caused protests from people (like me) who fear sweeping changes to libraries. (Editor’s note: The New York Public Library recent announced that it was abandoning its renovation plan.) Continue reading: "Secrets of the Stacks ... How libraries decide which books to keep—and which don’t stand the test of time" Phyllis Rose in Book Excerpts...

More food for thought (on A battle about the form and function of libraries from the Secrets of the Stacks):

  • They want a full collection but don’t want to be saddled with books nobody reads.
  • Weeding, to such people, is akin to eugenics and murder. Some people feel the same about books: no book should be removed from a library.
  • On the same shelf:
    • The bad news ... even 25 years after its invention, not everything is available on the Internet; The good news ... 33 reasons why libraries with physical books still matter ... >> HOW TO KEEP A LIBRARY OF (PHYSICAL) BOOKS, Meditations on strategy and life, Ryan Holiday
    • Why the death of net neutrality would be a disaster for libraries -- A Q&A with Lynne Bradley, the director of government relations with the American Library Association's Washington office. 

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