Guy Robertson, Vancouver

During their careers, librarians are inclined to whittle down their personal and professional goals into brief statements that summarize their philosophies and overarching purposes. Hence a public librarian in New York tells me that her “life’s aim is to support democracy by providing people with the information they need.” A children’s librarian in Toronto says that her “heart’s desire has been to bring joy to young people through books and reading.” I much admire the medical reference librarian who wants “to improve human health and save lives by disseminating the most helpful information to physicians and researchers.” A very original statement, and one of the more profound, comes from the director ...

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