What Makes a Library a Library?

Tim Newcomb, a Time correspondent and freelance journalist based in the Pacific Northwest, fields the question of what makes a library a library in his article: Is a Bookless Library Still a Library?  (Time U.S., July 11, 2011)

Norman Cousins (1915-1990), a well-known and respected editor and writer, said this about libraries: “The library is not a shrine for the worship of books. It is not a temple where literary incense must be burned or where one’s devotion to the bound book is expressed in ritual. A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas – a place where history comes to life.”  (ALA Bulletin, Oct. 1954, p. 475)

How do you define library?

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: