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There is no there without a library

Bruce Massis (Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Information and Learning Sciences

ISSN: 2398-5348

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide examples by which the library, in its role as an essential service positioned at the center of a community, offers its services to not only a segment of the community but to it in its entirety.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a literature review and commentary on this topic that has been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners.

Findings

If it is to remain a viable, productive and trusted symbol of equality and humanity, the library must ensure that, whether it is located in a village, a town or a municipality, the library stands as the center of its community, with its doors swung wide and welcoming to all who enter.

Originality/value

The value in exploring this topic is to offer several examples of evidence indicating that the library is expected to continue in its role as an essential and respected community service, with programs and services accessible to all into the future.

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Acknowledgements

Declaration: I declare that there is no potential conflict of interest in the research.

Citation

Massis, B. (2017), "There is no there without a library", Information and Learning Sciences, Vol. 118 No. 5/6, pp. 336-339. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILS-05-2017-0038

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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