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Greetings from IFLA conference

For the past several years, I have been fortunate to attend the annual International Federation of Libraries (IFLA) conference (author's note: always paying my own expenses). IFLA meets every August in a different location. It has been a great opportunity to learn about libraries throughout the...
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Musings on the Book Expo conference: an opportunity for libraries by Dee Brennan

Last week I attended the Book Expo conference in New York City. This is the conference where publishers and book sellers gather to preview upcoming titles and discuss issues of mutual concern. It’s always a fun experience for librarians to be able to see new books and authors, so that has long been...
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Library love by Dee Brennan

Last week, I was in Washington, DC for National Library Legislative Day, the ALA sponsored “hill fly-in” (that’s what the locals call it) where library advocates meet with their representatives and senators to explain library needs and ask for help. Naturally, there was a lot of discouraging news...
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More on the Five Laws

I got a lot of positive comments about my posting of the Five Laws last week, so I thought I would dig a little deeper into them in terms of how they apply to library systems, since that is obviously where my focus is these days. For example: System services are for use. Every system member its...
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The Five Laws of Library Science

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...


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