Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Report: OCLC Researchers Reorder and Reinterpret Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science For Today’s World

New Report: OCLC Researchers Reorder and Reinterpret Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science For Today’s World

Highlights from the Report


  • Today’s library users challenge librarians to move from the simple declaration of “save the time of the reader”; meeting today’s users’ needs requires embedding library systems and services into their existing workflows
  • Our modern-day rephrasing of “every person his or her book” is know your community and its needs
  • The core meaning of “books are for use” is still about access; however, our interpretation focuses on developing the physical and technical infrastructure needed to deliver materials
  • Our interpretation of “every book its reader” focuses on increasing the discoverability, access and use of resources within users’ existing workflows
  • We agree that “a library is a growing organism” and propose growing users’ share of attention

http://oclc.org/content/dam/research/publications/library/2014/oclcresearch-reordering-ranganathan-2014.pdf

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