Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Library Quotes

I was doing some research this week for making some bookmarks for Satelite Site and wanted to put an appropriate quote on the back, but all the ones I found seem to make me want to make commentaries with them. In the end I decided to share a few of my aimless meanderings. The source site, which is linked below, has many many more if you like that kind of thing!
"A library is not a community masturbation centre."
Blaise Cronin
(Library Journal column, 15 November 2002, p.46)
Depends what library you are in… and what gets you off I guess!
"Blaming the library for exposure to pornography is like blaming the lake if your child walks up to it alone, falls in and then drowns."
David Sawyer
(Spokane Spokesman-Review column, 18 December 2000)
I so agree here!
"Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly."
Roger Ebert
(Yahoo! Internet Life column, Sept. 1998, p. 66)
Sometimes those pack rats are good and provide good information. However, some are insidious little bustards who are like woodworm in your floorboards – they undermine the good stuff without you realising until it all suddenly collapses and you have to rebuild all your arguments from the beginning again.
"For him that stealeth a book from this library, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck by palsy & all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain, crying aloud for mercy, & let there be no surcease for his agony until he sink to dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails in token of the worm that dieth not, & when at last he goeth to his final punishment let the flames of hell consume him for ever & aye."
Attributed to the monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona
(unable to identify published source)
Can I put this on the wall in 'my' library? :D
"I accept the risk of damnation. The Lord will absolve me, because He knows I acted for His glory. My duty was to protect the library."
Umberto Eco
(The Name of the Rose. HBJ, 1983, p. 471)
I think that I would stand by this principle – I am a guardian of knowledge. It is not my place in life to dictate what people read, it is to facilitate those who come to me to find what they need.
"I'd like to be in charge of a library, or be an archaeologist. Again, it's research, a bit of detective work -- the things I really love to do."
Bill Wyman
(Publishers Weekly interview, 9 September 2002, p. 53)
THIS is what drew me to libraries. It's also, I think, probably why I still love researching on history and the past.
"Libraries are not safe places, and the reason for that is there are ideas to be found."
Greeley, TX resident John Bookman
(As quoted in Denver Post article, 17 December 2003)
"Librarians are librarians: they are not caregivers, nurturers, social workers, surrogate parents, welfare agents, or therapists. When all is said and done, their role is straightforward: they gather stuff, impose some order on said stuff, and make the stuff available to the public."
Blaise Cronin
(Library Journal column, 15 May 2002, p. 66)
… and woe betide you if you mess with that stuff! ;)
"Libraries are brothels for the mind. Which means that librarians are the madams, greeting punters, understanding their strange tastes and needs, and pimping their books."
Guy Browning
(The Guardian
column, 18 October 2003. Submitted by Lynette in Queensland)
Muhahah, I am a Madam to a Brothel of the Mind. In an FE College no less! :D
"Libraries are your friends."
Neil Gaiman
(submitted by Trey Bunn)
They are. Sitting here, I feel at home. I could live here quite happily…
"My grandma always said that God made libraries so that people didn't have any excuse to be stupid."
Joan Bauer
(Rules of the Road. Putnam, 1997, p. 142. Props to
The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D Librarian)
I like her Grandma!
"We cannot have good libraries until we first have good librarians -- properly educated, professionally recognized, and fairly rewarded."
Herbert S. White
(Library Journal column, 15 November 1999, pp. 44-45)
I wish Management and Government understood this…
"Where any nation starts awake
Books are the memory. And it's plain
Decay of libraries is like
Alzheimer's in the nation's brain."

Ted Hughes
("Hear It Again")

Original quotations taken from . >> Sig lines

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