Anthropology – Your relationship with your book

Definition of anthropology in English: NOUN The study of humankind, in particular: 1. (also cultural or social anthropology) The comparative study of human societies and cultures and their development. 2. (also physical anthropology) The science of human zoology, evolution, and ecology. ______________________________________________________ Anthropology is most simply defined as the study of humans through time.  In studying a human […]

Books and the weather…time to reflect!

  When it’s cold I tend to start to think about issues such as the Food bank debate, the gas bill, Elderly loneliness and winter mortality rates, and what it would be like to work at some remote Research Station in the icey north i.e Arctic. I also suddenly remember that I was going to […]

That thing called Marginalia

marginalia [ˌmɑːdʒɪˈneɪlɪə] pl n (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) notes in the margin of a book, manuscript, or letter [New Latin, noun (neuter plural) from marginālis marginal] I, along with plenty of book lovers, have a concealed fascination for marginalia. The scribbles and notes of former readers are not meant to be ‘spoilers’, but instead […]

A history of saving Libraries

Why is it that we always seem to be fighting to save our Libraries when they’re importance and place in the community has been evident since the days of the bibliothekai of the Library of Alexandria set up by the Ptolemaic kings at the end of the third century BC? It’s time to address the […]

What does ‘Embedded Librarian’ mean?

Over on LinkedIn there is a discussion about what the term ’embedded librarian’ means, if anything at all! The consensus seems to be that it means a library or information professional working within a team (usually clinical?) outside of the library walls. I think there’s slightly more to it than that. I came across this […]

What constitutes ‘library’?

“A shelf of books in a village hall is not a library. A phonebox full of books is not a library. A pub with some books is not a library.” Over the weekend, an esteemed tweep posted his thoughts on what is not a library after reading the report in the guardian about how libraries […]