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There is no there without a library

There is no there without a library PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to provide examples by which the library, in its role as an essential service positioned at the center of a community, offers its services to not only a segment of the community but to it in its entirety.Design/methodology/approachThis is a literature review and commentary on this topic that has been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners.FindingsIf it is to remain a viable, productive and trusted symbol of equality and humanity, the library must ensure that, whether it is located in a village, a town or a municipality, the library stands as the center of its community, with its doors swung wide and welcoming to all who enter.Originality/valueThe value in exploring this topic is to offer several examples of evidence indicating that the library is expected to continue in its role as an essential and respected community service, with programs and services accessible to all into the future. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information and Learning Science Emerald Publishing

There is no there without a library

Information and Learning Science , Volume 118 (5/6): 4 – May 8, 2017

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2398-5348
DOI
10.1108/ILS-05-2017-0038
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to provide examples by which the library, in its role as an essential service positioned at the center of a community, offers its services to not only a segment of the community but to it in its entirety.Design/methodology/approachThis is a literature review and commentary on this topic that has been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners.FindingsIf it is to remain a viable, productive and trusted symbol of equality and humanity, the library must ensure that, whether it is located in a village, a town or a municipality, the library stands as the center of its community, with its doors swung wide and welcoming to all who enter.Originality/valueThe value in exploring this topic is to offer several examples of evidence indicating that the library is expected to continue in its role as an essential and respected community service, with programs and services accessible to all into the future.

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Information and Learning ScienceEmerald Publishing

Published: May 8, 2017

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