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Beyond measure valuing libraries

Beyond measure: Valuing libraries

Chris Bourg

Stanford University Libraries


Photo credit:Flickr user tudedude

Valuing libraries

Valuing Libraries

  • Asserting value/s

  • Enacting values

  • Assessing value

Beyond measure valuing libraries

“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.”

-Neil Gaiman

Group of Librarians in Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island. ALA Archives - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Beyond measure valuing libraries

“Now that everything is online, do we really need libraries?”

“What do you talk about at a library conference?

The Dewey Decimal System?”

“I’d love to be a librarian … you probably just read all day, right?”


Beyond measure valuing libraries

Photo credit: Flickr user catechism

“What you do is the definition of good. It’s very noble and you are very brave.”

-Henry Rollins

Core values

Core Values

  • Access

  • Confidentiality/Privacy

  • Democracy

  • Diversity

  • Education and Lifelong Learning

  • Intellectual Freedom

  • Preservation

  • The Public Good

  • Professionalism

  • Service

  • Social Responsibility

Adopted June 29, 2004, by the ALA Council.



“We value our nation's diversity and strive to reflect that diversity by providing a full spectrum of resources and services to the communities we serve.”

Beyond measure valuing libraries

How brave is your collection?

Beyond measure valuing libraries

Beyond measure valuing libraries

"If My Library Had the Book, Sir..."

Beyond measure valuing libraries

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

Photo credit: Flickr rpeschetz

Beyond measure valuing libraries

Books…Not just for reading anymore

Photo credit: Flickr user Call It Crazy

Beyond measure valuing libraries

"the legendary Margaret Kimball helped me go through the holdings and find what I needed. Jim Kent, who runs the media and microfilm room at Green Library, and his staff helped me in ways probably best kept between us…"

The rock stars

The rock stars

  • Jacque Hettel (@jacquehettel)

  • Bess Sadler (@eosadler)

  • Glen Worthey (@gworthey)

  • Sarah Seestone

  • Katie Young

The original angry bird

The original Angry Bird

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