Monthly Archives: July 2014

Reordering Ranganathan: Shifting User Behaviors, Shifting Priorities

A new research report was released by OCLC:

Connaway, Lynn Silipigni, and Ixchel M. Faniel. 2014.Reordering Ranganathan: Shifting User Behaviors, Shifting Priorities. Dublin, OH: OCLC Research.http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/publications/library/2014/oclcresearch-reordering-ranganathan-2014.pdf.

The authors believe “Ranganathan’s five laws are still relevant today, their intent is to help evolve both the work done by librarians and the perceptions of libraries and librarians. By changing how we think about the five laws in terms of interpretation and order of importance, Lynn and Ixchel hope to reflect the current resources and services available for use and the behaviors that people demonstrate when engaging with them.”

The report is worth reading.  It provides a lot of insights in helping us to re-position libraries and librarianship in the changing world.

Some highlights:

  • Today’s library users challenge librarians to move from the simple declaration of “save the time of the reader”; meeting today’s users’ needs requires embedding library systems and services into their existing workflows
  • Our modern-day rephrasing of “every person his or her book” is know your community and its needs
  • The core meaning of “books are for use” is still about access; however, our interpretation focuses on developing the physical and technical infrastructure needed to deliver materials
  • Our interpretation of “every book its reader” focuses on increasing the discoverability, access and use of resources within users’ existing workflows
  • We agree that “a library is a growing organism” and propose growing users’ share of attention