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Would you rewrite Ranganathan's Five Laws for the 21st Century?

That's a discussion question I use in LIS701.

Here's one group's take:

Here is our revision of Ranganathan's Five Laws

1. Collections are for use.
2. Every collection its user.
3. Every user his collection.
4. Save time & energy of user.
5. The library is a growing organism.

We based our revision off of his philosophy of democracy and service and on "honoring the past while creating for the future." We enjoyed the discussion.

Thanks! I did too. What do you all think?


What a great topic! I think of the five laws almost every day. They are more relevant today, I think, than ever before. I wish more web designers were familiar with them and thought about "saving the time of the reader..."

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