Thanks for reading my first blog post on EveryBookItsReader. The inspiration for the name of my blog comes from a quote by S.R. Ranganathan (which is also the tagline): “Every reader his or her book. Every book its reader.” These are two of the Five Laws of Library Science from his text of the same name, published in 1931. I am just starting to learn about Ranganathan, but based on what little I know, he was a mathematician-turned-librarian and considered a founding father of modern library science, not only in his native India but also across the world. He also created the Colon Classification System and was hugely influential in many areas of the field.
I liked this idea of “every book its reader” in the sense that every book (or other library-held content) has some measure of intrinsic worth and can be meaningful to someone in some way (a strong sense of this always seems to sweep over me when perusing the piles of old books in used-book sales or in boxes labeled “free”). In a bigger sense, the focus is on facilitating the connection between books and people, education and action, ideas and the mechanisms by which they can transform communities, countries, and even the world. This is the work of the librarian!
As more and more of our lives are conducted online, through the process of consuming or generating content, it makes sense to use social networking to help assist in this process of connecting people with resources and finding answers to problems. Hopefully this blog can play a small role in the new constellation of meanings for “every book its reader” in the 21st century.