Your happy thoughts. 9-2 on Friday as I take my comprehensive exam. Imagine me focused, knowledgeable, undistractable by hunger, thirst, other people’s sniffling noises, or my own need to pee every half hour (I’m serious — these are my worries!). Help me hope for good questions, to which I will have intelligent, well-formed answers…
Maybe you would like to ponder on these, Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science (1931):
- Books are for use.
- Every reader his or her book.
- Every book its reader.
- Save the time of the reader.
- The Library is a growing organism.
Or the updated set of laws by Michael Gorman (1995):
- Libraries serve humanity.
- Respect all forms by which knowledge is communicated.
- Use technology intelligently to enhance service.
- Protect free access to knowledge; and
- Honor the past and create the future
… And, of course, the many applications and implications of these laws in a rapidly changing field…
Sigh… There’s just no way to study for this except broadly. Really, I’ve been studying for it since I started the program, I guess.