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Shoveling Snow and Thinking about Ranganathan’s Five Laws

I just came in from shoveling snow. Mother Nature is playing some odd tricks on folks in my neck of the woods this month… two weeks ago we had a major snow storm, last week the temperature rose to mid fifties and all the snow melted, today winter returned and the driveway needs to be shoveled again. I enjoy shoveling snow. The snow is quiet; the task at hand is rhythmic, the opportunity to be outside is invigorating. It can be a great time to think, to ponder, to contemplate. Tonight as I shoveled the driveway, I found myself thinking about something I learned years ago in Library school, Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science. You remember the laws: Books are for use Every reader his or her book Every book its reader Save the time of the reader A library is a growing organism. Here’s what I found myself…