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The Librarian's Book of Quotes

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Celebrate librarianship and the love of libraries with this charming collection of quotes! Tatyana Eckstrand has compiled nearly three hundred of the most insightful, thought-provoking, and inspiring aphorisms about the library profession. Writers from Shakespeare to Ray Bradbury and librarians from John Cotton Dana to Nancy Pearl are gathered together to sing the praises ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published January 28th 2016 by American Library Association (first published January 1st 2009)
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Nov 03, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
“In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim.” – Linton Weeks, Washington Post, 13 January 2001

This is a niche book for librarians. But if you are a librarian and are looking to laugh and be inspired, this is the book for you! I had many post-its marking pages to share with fellow librarians at a later time. Fun, fun, fun.
Dec 19, 2014 Carrie rated it really liked it
Fun book to have. There is a good range of quotes, some irreverent and humorous as well as "libraries are amazing" type.
Marjorie Elwood
Nov 23, 2009 Marjorie Elwood rated it really liked it
A lovely compilation of quotes about books, libraries, information, and librarians. One of my favorites:

"If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all - except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For t
Jan 25, 2016 Janie added it
A great gift from my wonderful friend. Thanks, Terry! I'm loving it.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Interesting group of quotes, only a few of which were familiar. Being a cataloguer, my favorites refer to cataloguing, of course. This one, though, summarizes my life: "One of the great joys of being a librarian is that it is the last refuge of the renaissance person--everything you have ever read or learned or picked up is likely to come in handy."--GraceAnne D. Decandido, "Ten Graces for New Librarians." (p.46) This book would be good to have on hand when publicizing the library. Recommended f ...more
Nov 22, 2013 Eileen rated it really liked it
A compilation of quotes about libraries/librarians by famous and not so famous people. Quotes from John F Kennedy, Dwight D Eisenhower, Melvil Dewey, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dean Koontz, Barack Obama, F Scott Fitzgerald, Walter Cronkite,Marc Brown, Elie Wiesel,Lemony Snicket to name a few. One of my favorite quotes: " Libraries and museums are the DNA of our culture" Vartan Gregorian, Keynote Address White House Conference on School Libraries.
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May 24, 2012 ©lukisan athirah espada rated it it was amazing
"Reference librarians are a library's eyes and ears. (Charles W. Bailey Jr. "The Role of Reference Librarians in Institutional Repositories")"....

"I'm a librarian, i'm a librarian and I like it quiet
So, the pages can be heard
I'm a librarian, i'm a librarian and I do it for the love of the word. (Jonathan Rundman, "Librarian", from the album Public Library, 2004)"

Of course!,

I'm proud to be a librarian!!!

librarian rule... (^_^)
Suzanne Moore
Dec 31, 2012 Suzanne Moore rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a collection of valuable quotes. They promote libraries, literacy, librarians, library cards, etc... I often use a quote as a lead into an article or for inspiration. There is something here for every library-related topic. A great reference tool when you are looking for just the right words and need some inspiration. Words of wisdom from all sorts of notables such as Hemingway and even Lily Tomlin.
Jan 18, 2013 Jeanne rated it really liked it
A great volume of quotes about libraries and librarians. It emphasizes the importance of libraries in our communities. It made me feel like my job at the library is more important than I sometimes give it credit. After all, the library is not saving lives..... or is it?
Feb 27, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
A very good collection of quotes about books, libraries, and librarians and their importance in our free society. Includes a Bibliographical Dictionary at the back of the book which is a nice feature. This is a book that I would like to own and refer to later.
Mar 13, 2011 Kristin rated it liked it
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To my thinking, a great librarian must have a clear head, a strong hand and above all, a great heart... and I am inclined to think that most of the men who achieve this greatness will be women.

~Melvil Dewey
Apr 28, 2013 Robin rated it liked it
This is a fun book that after reading it, I really want to own it because I love collections of quotations and this one is about what I do, so I'd really like to add it to my home library.
Melissa Rochelle
Aug 26, 2011 Melissa Rochelle rated it liked it
Shelves: reference
It's exactly what it says it is...I wish there were shorter quotes especially for Twitter though...
Jan 26, 2012 Collette rated it liked it
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A nice inspirational book for librarians who need some encouragement and a few laughs.
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“Librarians...possess a vast stone of politeness. These are people who get asked regularly the dumbest questions on God's green earth. These people tolerate every kind of crank and eccentric and mouth-breather there is.” 13 likes
“I'm a librarian, i'm a librarian and I like it quiet
So, the pages can be heard
I'm a librarian, i'm a librarian and I do it for the love of the word”
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