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The Laws of the Library

At Excelsior the other night, Sarah was telling a childhood story of the Evil Censoring Librarian, who would not pull a Victor Hugo novel off a high shelf for her "because you'll never finish it." Lawrence (a librarian) and I both gasped. "That violates one of the Laws of Library Science!" I shrieked.

Sarah said, "What are the other Laws of Library Science?"

And Lawrence and I looked at each other. "Uh... Well, they're good rules," we mumbled, "and that definitely violates one of them."

Without further ado:

The Five Laws of Library Science


by S.R. Ranganathan

  • Books are for use.
  • Every reader his (or her) book.
  • Every book its reader.
  • Save the time of the patron.
  • The library is a growing organism.


I got my Field Guide to Surreal Botany entry out of the last one, plus a short story no one has published yet.

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Also, for IBARW: That which everyone else has already linked to, I feel, but the author is a librarian, Aryan Elves and Damsels Distressed: a Librarian-Writer’s View of Bias in American SF

God, I love librarians.

Comments

merriehaskell
Aug. 10th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Actually... you may have seen this story, now that I think about it. It was an Editor's Choice on the OWW at one point. But it's been through some rewritage since then. I'll pop it over to ya if you still want.
leahbobet
Aug. 10th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Please. :)

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