Reference or reverance?

People often approach the reference collection of the library with a sense of awe and reverence.  For most library users all books are considered useful and worthy of respect. But reference books, which have been chosen to stay always within the library to serve the informational needs of its patrons, sometimes develop an inflated sense of worth.  And yet, the very fact that these

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Less Can Be More

The graduate degree program in Library (or Information) Science usually requires two years. During that time students learn systems of classification, readers’ advisory, book selection and acquisition, and take classes related to the specific type of library service they envision (university, public, school, special).  Why then, you ask, after all that education and wrangling for budget dollars, after spending precious time reading

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How Strategic Pruning Can Improve Your Crop

In the fall of 2007 my son, a teacher at Galileo, mentioned that their librarian was on vacation and the substitute was drowning in new books. The sub had posted a request for staff help in shelving the new books before Back to School night.  My son passed this word on to me because he figured I, as a retired librarian,

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