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Beyond measure: Valuing libraries

Chris Bourg

Stanford University Libraries


Photo credit:Flickr user tudedude

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

  • 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.”

How brave is your collection?

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

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

Photo credit: Flickr rpeschetz

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

  • Jacque Hettel (@jacquehettel)

  • Bess Sadler (@eosadler)

  • Glen Worthey (@gworthey)

  • Sarah Seestone

  • Katie Young

The original Angry Bird

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