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J Med Libr Assoc. Jan 2004; 92(1): 6–13.
PMCID: PMC314099

Being there: the library as place

Frieda Weise, M.L.S., AHIP, FMLA, Executive Director1

Abstract

The value of the library as place is examined in this Janet Doe Lecture. The lecture, which is intended to focus on the history or philosophy of health sciences librarianship, presents an overview of the library as a place in society from ancient times to the present. The impact of information technology and changes in the methods of scholarly publication from print to digital are addressed as well as the role of the library as the repository of the written historical record of cultures. Functions and services of libraries are discussed in light of the physical library facility of the future. Finally, librarians are asked to remember the enduring values of librarianship in planning libraries of the future.


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