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Kindle Edition, 135 pages
Published March 24th 2011 (first published 2007)
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Aug 06, 2014 Leticia rated it really liked it
I am a giant librarian nerd, so I enjoyed this book. It thoroughly covered the essentials and the ideals of opening a library. It was amazing to see how many of these ideals we continue to foster even today over 100 years later. I especially enjoyed the chapter on "Ink and Handwriting" which forced me to practice my "librarian hand".

It has some great quotes:
" useless lumber is more useless than unused books."
"[a librarian] should make the library a school for the young, a college for adult
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John Cotton Dana (born August 19, 1856 in Woodstock, Vermont — d. July 21, 1929 in Newark, New Jersey) was an American library and museum director who sought to make these cultural institutions relevant to the daily lives of citizens. As a public librarian for forty years Dana promoted the benefits of reading, pioneered direct access to shelved materials, and innovated specialized library services ...more
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“The public library is a center of public happiness first, of public education next.” 8 likes
“That the public library is a part of the educational system should never be lost sight of in the work of establishing it, or in its management. To the great mass of the people it comes as their first and only educational opportunity.” 4 likes
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