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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

“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


“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?”



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.”


Books…Not just for reading anymore

Photo credit: Flickr user Call It Crazy


"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