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Best Quotes About Libraries Librarians and Library and Information Science

Quotes About Libraries Librarians and Library and Information Science

Top 38 Most Beautiful Quotations About Libraries, Librarians, Cataloging, Classification, Catalogers, and Library and Information Science. Famous quotes describing why libraries and cataloging important and librarians and catalogers indispensable. Includes inspirational and motivational quotes from famous personalities for personality development, personal development, self-improvement, and achieving greater success in personal and professional life. Below some of these quotes, is included a section "My Take" which is my perspective, opinion, or idea(s) about that quote when its implications are seen with reference to the development of Library and Information Science, Librarianship Studies & Information Technology.


Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Quotes About Libraries
  3. Quotes About Librarians
  4. Library and Information Science Quotes
  5. Personality Development Quotes

INTRODUCTION

A library is a collection of sources of information and similar resources, made accessible to a defined community for reference or borrowing. It provides physical or digital access to material and may be a physical building or room, or a virtual space, or both. A library's collection can include books, periodicals, newspapers, manuscripts, films, maps, prints, documents, microform, CDs, cassettes, videotapes, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, e-books, audiobooks, databases, and other formats. Libraries range in size from a few shelves of books to several million items. Sidney Sheldon perfectly describes: “Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.”

Laura Bush in her famous quote said: “I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.” Visit your library, get your library card, and you’ll be able to borrow a print or electronic book, use free internet, or attend a course that will improve your digital skills.

The libraries of the world are under threat. Jon Bing makes a point “To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so very many roads.” Eleanor Crumblehulme says “Cutting libraries during a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague.”

Libraries are essential in a process of giving citizens access to knowledge. In digital times they are needed more than ever before. In times of the internet, everyone can visit a library without leaving home. It’s just a matter of opening a library website, and you can not only borrow an ebook but also ask the librarian an online question. Most importantly, however, libraries are the places where you can expect smart and clear answers to even the most difficult questions.

Now that we have discussed the importance of libraries, it’s time to through some light on the importance of the role of librarians. Jarrett J. Krosoczka says “It is an awfully sad misconception that librarians simply check books in and out ...” A librarian is a person who is in charge of or works professionally in a library and is responsible for its management and services. The librarian takes care of the library and its resources. Typical job of a librarian includes managing collection development and acquisitions, cataloging, collections management, circulation, and providing a range of services, such as reference, information, instruction, and training services, etc.

The increasing role of technology in libraries has a significant impact on the changing roles of librarians. A 21st-century librarian is required to be very much updated with technological changes. New age librarians are making greater use of emerging technologies in the library management and services to make it more popular and useful among the patrons. According to Neil Gaiman “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.” New age librarians are not mere bookworms, they are high-tech information professionals, and clever communicators, helping patrons dive in the oceans of information available in books and digital records. Librarians are teachers, problem solvers, innovators, collaborators, leaders, and learners.

So now let us enjoy and appreciate these famous quotes describing why libraries and cataloging important and librarians and catalogers indispensable (in no qualitative order).


QUOTES ABOUT LIBRARIES

Best quotes about libraries and their importance.

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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of a library. 
--Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986. Argentine writer)

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Nothing is pleasanter than exploring a library. 
--Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864. English writer and poet)

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Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. 
--Sidney Sheldon (1917-2007. American writer and producer)

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The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library. 
--Albert Einstein (1879-1955. Theoretical physicist)

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When in doubt go to the library. 
--J.K. Rowling (b. 1965. British novelist, screenwriter, and producer, best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series)

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Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities. 
--R. David Lankes (Professor and Director of the School of Library & Information Science at the University of South Carolina, the Follett Chair at Dominican’s Graduate School of Library & Information Science, and recipient of the American Library Association’s 2016 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship)

  7  

I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card. 
--Laura Bush (b. 1946. Librarian and wife of George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States)

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Libraries were full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons. 
--Sarah J. Maas (b. 1986. American fantasy author) in her novel Throne of Glass.

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Libraries always remind me that there are good things in this world. 
--Lauren Ward (b. 1970. American singer and actress)

 10 

Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library. 
--Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881. Swiss moral philosopher, poet, and critic)

 11 

You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself! 
--Russell T. Davies (b. 1963. Welsh screenwriter and television producer) in science fiction series Doctor Who.

 12 

Cutting libraries during a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague. 
--Eleanor Crumblehulme (Library Assistant, University of British Columbia, Canada)

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To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so very many roads. 
--Jon Bing (1944-2014. Norwegian writer and law professor at the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law)

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Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. 
--Walter Cronkite (1916-2009. American broadcast journalist) in American Library Association "Libraries Change Lives" Campaign, 1995.


QUOTES ABOUT LIBRARIANS

Best quotes about librarians, catalogers, and library and information professionals on what they do and why they are indispensable for the society.

 1 

When you absolutely positively have to know, ask a librarian. 
--American Library Association

 2 

Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one. 
--Neil Gaiman (b. 1960. English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films)

 3 

The most important asset of any library goes home at night – the library staff. 
--Timothy Healy (1923-1992. Former President, New York Public Library)

 4 

In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim. 
--Linton Weeks (Washington Post Staff Writer) in Washington Post, January 13, 2001.

 5 

Librarians are almost always very helpful and often almost absurdly knowledgeable. Their skills are probably very underestimated and largely underemployed. 
--Charles Medawar (a specialist on medical policy and drug safety, director of a small London-based unit, Social Audit Ltd) in The Social Audit Consumer Handbook: A Guide To The Social Responsibilities Of Business To The Consumer

 6 

Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge. 
--Patrick Ness (b. 1971. British-American author, journalist, lecturer, and screenwriter)

 7 

Librarians have always been among the most thoughtful and helpful people. They are teachers without a classroom. No libraries, no progress.
--Willard Scott (b. 1934. American weather presenter, author, television personality, actor, clown, comedian and radio personality)

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It is an awfully sad misconception that librarians simply check books in and out. The library is the heart of a school, and without a librarian, it is but an empty shell. 
--Jarrett J. Krosoczka (b. 1977. American author and illustrator)

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Who Needs a Librarian and Cataloger When You Have Google and Internet - quote Salman Haider

Who Needs a Librarian and Cataloger When You Have Google and Internet? Well, Who Needs a Teacher When You Have Wikipedia? And, Who Needs a Doctor When You Have WebMD? Just as the Wikipedia Doesn't Replace the Teacher, and WebMD Doesn’t Replace the Doctor, In the Same Way, Google Search and Internet Doesn’t Replace the Librarian and Cataloger.  [source]
--Salman Haider (b. 1977. Librarian, cataloger, blogger, and creator of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog)


LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE QUOTES

Best quotes about Cataloging, Classification and other important topics in Library and Information Science.

 1 

RDA offers libraries the potential to change significantly how bibliographic data is created and used. RDA is a standard for resource description and access designed for the digital world. 
--OCLC, Librarianship Studies & Information Technology

 2 

Classification, broadly defined, is the act of organizing the universe of knowledge into some systematic order. It has been considered the most fundamental activity of the human mind. 
--Lois Mai Chan (1934-2014. American librarian, author, and professor at the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science, winner of Margaret Mann Citation for her contributions to the library science profession) in the book Cataloguing and Classification: An Introduction.

 3 

Cataloging is an old-fashioned term for resource access and discovery services. With resources increasingly available and accessed electronically, description and access points are vital to discovery and use by students and faculty. 
--Jan Daniel (Greenville Technical College, United States) in the book Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices: Use of RDA by Academic Libraries

 4 

Quality cataloging takes time and money. Without a good catalog, there is no library. 
--Colin Bitter (Cataloging Specialist, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, United States) in the book Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices: Use of RDA by Academic Libraries

 5 

Cutting cataloguing budgets and support year after year and retirement after retirement is hurting the library in the long run and burning out the staff that remains. We need time and resources to learn the new models and standards at the same time we do our day to day work. This is work that now takes a bit longer to do - but in the long run we are making better records. The new linked data models have the potential for revolutionizing the services and information libraries can provide for their users and keep libraries relevant in an increasingly web-based information environment.

--Donna Frederick (Metadata Librarian, University of Saskatchewan, Canada) in the book Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices: Use of RDA by Academic Libraries

 6 

Quality authority work and attention to authority work by everyone working in the database is ESSENTIAL to the future of library linked data. 
--B. Iseminger (Senior Music Catalog Librarian. Harvard University, Music Library, United States) in the book Survey of Emerging Cataloging Practices: Use of RDA by Academic Libraries.

 7 

If you want a future of libraries, it is within you, the librarians. If you want a healthy community that seeks out knowledge, and seeks informed conversation, then advocate for it beyond your walls. 
--R. David Lankes (Professor and Director of the School of Library & Information Science at the University of South Carolina, the Follett Chair at Dominican’s Graduate School of Library & Information Science, and recipient of the American Library Association’s 2016 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship)

 8 
There is fantastic information in books. Often when I do a search, what is in a book is miles ahead of what I find on a Web site. 
--Sergey Brin (Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (born August 21, 1973) is a Russian-American computer scientist and internet entrepreneur. Together with Larry Page, he co-founded Google.

 9 

Cataloguing is more than merely ‘processing’ an item. Metadata gives voice to collected works, brings their form and meaning to the surface of discovery, so that collections might be found and enjoyed.
--Alissa M. (Librarian, Cataloger) on Twitter.

PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT QUOTES

Best inspirational and motivational quotes for personality development, personal development, and self-improvement of librarians and information professionals. These are my personal favorite quotes which have made a great impact on me and my personality as a librarian. Initially, I intended to make this article as a collection of quotes on libraries, librarians, and library and information science only, but it was when I was reading the book Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella, that I decided to collect these quotes and present to the library and information professionals to empower and enable them to become better persons and professionals. Below some quotes, I have included a section "My Take" which is my perspective, opinion, or idea(s) about that quote when it is seen with reference to the development of Library and Information Science, Librarianship Studies & Information Technology.


 1 


Every person, organization, and even society reaches a point at which they owe it to themselves to hit refresh--to reenergize, renew, reframe, and rethink their purpose. If only it were as easy as punching that little refresh button on your browser. Sure, in this age of continuous updates and always-on technologies, hitting refresh may sound quaint, but still when it's done right, when people and culture re-create and refresh, a renaissance can be the result.

--Satya Nadella (Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft) in his book Hit Refresh.
My Take: Every librarian and library reaches a point at which they owe it to themselves to hit refresh--to reenergize, renew, reframe, and rethink their purpose (librarians should work for the development of their knowledge of library science and libraries should be modernized to provide better services) ... ... ... when it's done right, when people and culture re-create and refresh, a renaissance can be the result (a renaissance where libraries and librarians have an important and respected place in the society and their contributions impact in the development of their nations).

 2 
A leader must see the external opportunities and the internal capability and culture--and all of the connections among them--and respond to them before they become obvious parts of the conventional wisdom. 
--Satya Nadella (Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft) in his book Hit Refresh.
My Take: A librarian, information and knowledge professional must see the external opportunities (for the development of librarianship) and the internal capability (knowledge of library science)--and all the connections among them--and respond to them before they become obvious parts of conventional wisdom (predict where the future of librarianship lies and work in the direction to make that a reality).

 3 
I've often said that the best lines of computer code are like poetry. The writer struggles to compress so much thought and feeling into the fewest lines possible while still communicating the fullness of expression. 
--Satya Nadella (Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft) in his book Hit Refresh.
My Take: If the library professionals want to prepare themselves for the future, then they should learn how to do computer coding.


 4 
Be the change you want to see in the world. 
--Mahatma Gandhi (Father of the nation, India).
My Take: I wish to see better service oriented libraries and people understanding the importance of libraries. I am working in the direction to achieve this goal with the help of the Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog


 5 

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. [source]
--Steve Jobs (Co-founder of Apple Inc.) in his commencement address at Stanford University in 2005. See full address video:
My Take: This quotation of Steve Jobs perfectly fit into my life and career. Though I am not an achiever as he was, still I am very satisfied where I am and what I do. Few people dream of becoming librarians when they are little, and I was one of the ones who did. I am a computer science graduate. After I completed my graduation I planned to get into the field of Library and Information Science. I was a member of the British Council Library in India and was fascinated by the quality and class of work the librarians do. But my father was totally opposed to this idea. He said: What are you going to do with your life, so you want to take out books from the shelves and put it back. He was concerned that librarians are not paid much and I will not be able to earn a lot of money in my life. But I was so adamant and he could not change my decision. I went on to become a librarian and cataloger and today I am fully satisfied with the decision I took. I know my time is limited so I don't waste it living someone else's life. As a person, I love, live, eat, drink, and sleep Library and Information Sciences. I have devoted my entire life to the field. I am working on the Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog with a vision of creating a platform of knowledge which is like the Encyclopedia Britannica, The Huffington Post, the Khan Academy, and more closely like the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences; an authoritative source for consultation and reference for any library or information profession related issue and a treasure hub of knowledge on Library and Information Science, which is open and free for all the library professionals worldwide.

Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Address (2005)


Steve Jobs talks about the Library of Congress (1990)




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Life is a 100-meter dash. Time is the race. Timing is of the essence. And success belongs to those who can squeeze the life out of every moment, instant, microsecond. 



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ARTICLE AUTHOR COMPILER ILLUSTRATOR
  • Salman Haider - Librarian Cataloger Author Blogger

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  • Last Updated: 2018-07-30
  • Written: 2018-01-10

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