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Today and Tomorrow: Conclusions

How can we learn from the past to create rich exciting ways to think about libraries?

Lamb Library In my case, I mix the old and new.

In our small, rural community, the bookmobile comes once per week. To fill that gap, we've opened our private, personal library to the community. With over 6000 items, our library isn't huge, but it does meet the needs of young children learning to read, young adults looking for a book to read for class, and adults seeing a novel, biography, nature or science book, or information about local history.

All of our books at cataloged at LibraryThing: Eduscapes. Anyone can visit the catalog and swing by our house to check out a book, game, or DVD.

The photo on the right shows two friends reading our new wall relief map.

It's not fancy or high-tech, but it serves the needs of a community. How will you serve the needs of your library users?

The photos below shows friends at a party exploring and enjoying the library.

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Library History

Richard Kryz (2003, 1623) believes

"that significant justification for the study of library history is based on at least three reasons:

1) lessons to be derived,

2) a sense of community with the profession, and

3) inspirational value.

Any librarian who attempts to realize an ambitious undertaking, such as the establishment of a depository function within a newly created national library of a developing country, may benefit from the experience of France, the United Kingdom and the United States, where strong depository laws, rigidly enforced, contributed to the success of the depository function.

A thorough knowledge of the development of librarianship from the time of Ashurbanipal to the present time should instill pride within a librarian and a sense of belonging to a respectful professional with a long tradition.

Any librarian reading the accomplishments of Gabriel Naude, Sir Thomas Bodley, Sir Anthony Panizzi, Melvil Dewey, John Shaw Billings, Carl Milam, or Ranganathan surely receives inspiration for carrying out day by day activities."

I encourage you to continue your exploration.


Krzyr, Richard (2003). Library historiography. In Miriam A. Drake (ed), Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. Second Edition, CRC Press, 1621-1641. Available: http://books.google.com/books?id=Sqr-_3FBYiYC&pg=PA1621

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