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By Nancy Kalikow Maxwell

Librarianship as a calling is a robust viewpoint. whereas it s been many years for the reason that libraries have been solely the provenance of clergymen, a few of these sacred roots stay, in line with librarian and theologian Maxwell. Many librarians experience the deeper which means and better objective of their paintings, but not often have time to think about it.Maxwell s down-to-earth candor mixed with scholarly perception is designed to motivate and enlighten her library friends and associates. Drawing from historical past, sociology and philosophy, Sacred Stacks voices the significance of the library occupation and libraries as group associations in an earthly time.Considering those greater reasons of libraries, she outlines the paintings of librarians and libraries that: * advertise group * Uplift society * Bestow immortality * protect and transmit tradition * set up chaos * offer sacred spaceLibrarians, LIS scholars and educators, in addition to trustees can step into those Sacred Stacks to reignite which means of their daily paintings.

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A friend noticed his photo, cut it out, and sent it to me. She did so, however, without noting any bibliographic information about the source of the magazine. No librarian would have sent such a photo without at least some bibliographic reference. With our intrinsic sense of order, librarians know that in the future this unidentified photo will be like an isolated tidbit. Without any context to the person or source, in no time this picture will be unidentifiable and useless. It will be as if it never existed.

Since the beginning of the profession, librarians have been depicted as self-sacrificing. Saint Lawrence the Librarian, the Catholic Church’s official saint of librarians and archivists, epitomizes the selfless giving of oneself for a grand cause. In 258 BCE, when Roman imperial guards demanded that Lawrence surrender the Church archives, he hid them, refusing to divulge their location. Even after being lashed to an iron grid and dangled over a charcoal fire, he refused to reveal their whereabouts.

In polytheistic religions, ocean gods were imagined as all-powerful behemoths reigning over the seas. Lake gods, on the other hand, were rarely imagined. Indeed, lakes often seem peaceful and calming because their boundaries are visible. Limited and controlled by the shore, there is no need to imagine a comforting presence for a lake. And so it can be for knowledge and existence. TAMING CHAOS BY NAMING AND ORGANIZING In many religions God is and has the power to make something out of nothing and nothing out of something.

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