If you will be in Indianapolis on April 9, 2013, the day before the ACRL Conference begins, plan to attend a free WorldShare Interlibrary Loan workshop at the IUPUI University Library to learn how you can prepare for use of the new service starting in April 2013. This session, “Getting Ready for OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan: Tools and Tips,” will provide an overview of the new OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service along with information to support your transition to the new service. Specifically, it will concentrate on how to manage Borrower and Lender activities in WorldShare Interlibrary Loan. Registration Note: times shown are EST.
Calling all RAILS Members in the Sterling Area - and Beyond
RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan will be at the Sterling Public Library on Thursday, April 18 at 10 a.m. To register to attend in Sterling or view dates and times for other meetings, see: http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=15221. All RAILS members are welcome to join us.
Dee is traveling throughout the RAILS area to talk about upcoming plans for RAILS, to listen to member feedback, and to answer questions.
Pictured: Executive Director Dee Brennan speaks at the Meet Dee Brennan event at the LaSalle Public Library. RAILS Board President Alan Davidson also attended the event on March 13.
I was thinking about S.R. Ranganathan the other day, and his Five Laws of Library Science. Just to refresh everyone’s memory:
- Books are for use.
- Every reader his (or her) book.
- Every book its reader.
- Save the time of the reader.
- The library is a growing organism.
These “laws” really are brilliantly simple, universally applicable and ageless.
The First Law emphasizes use and access – not materials for their own sake. Of course, Ranganathan believed in preservation and conservation but the focus in this Law is use.
The Second Law is about library collections meeting the needs of the community of users.
The Third Law is similar to the Second, but the focus is on access – making materials easy to find and use.
The Fourth Law emphasizes efficiency – making sure that library rules or processes don’t create barriers to use and easy access.
The Fifth Law is about change and flexibility – libraries must be able to adapt their services, buildings, etc., to meet changing needs.
These Laws have been applied to different aspects of library services such as:
Web resources are for use.
Every user has his or her web resource.
Every web resource its user.
Save the time of the user.
The Web is a growing organism.
(Alireza Noruzi, 2004)
These laws have helped me to stay focused on the customer when thinking about how to deliver services or materials. The First Law is especially important to keep in mind when we think about interlibrary loan and reciprocal borrowing. Isn’t it always better to have items being used rather than sitting on a shelf?
How have you put these laws into practice in your libraries?
Calling all RAILS Members in the Rockford Area - and Beyond
Executive Director Dee Brennan will be traveling throughout the RAILS area to talk about upcoming plans for RAILS, to listen to member feedback, and to answer questions. The next opportunity to meet Dee will be at the newly renovated Cherry Valley Public Library District on Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m. To register to attend in Cherry Valley or view dates and times for other meetings, see: http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=15006. All RAILS members are welcome to join us. Additional meetings are being scheduled and will be announced soon.
Pictured: Executive Director Dee Brennan speaks at the Meet Dee Brennan event in Kankakee on March 20.