In 1931, S.R. Ranganathan, a professor of library science and university librarian in India, shared his five simple laws of library science:
1. Books are for use.
2. Every reader his [or her] book.
3. Every book its reader.
4. Save the time of the reader.
5. The library is a growing organism.
These laws have been updated and restated over the years to take into account various types of materials, formats and methods of access and are the basis of a
philosophical framework that has been applied successfully in complex and problematic situations.
As I reviewed this month’s eNewsletter, I realized that many of the articles are directly tied to Ranganathan’s fourth law: Joyner Library’s services save the time
of the reader or library user. This translates into increased productivity, efficiency, and value for ECU faculty, staff and students.
I hope that the services featured in the eNewsletter will be helpful to you. There is something for
everyone – whether you use microfilm, Teaching Resources
Center bibliographies, the online Chronicle of Higher Education, or all three, and whether you need copyright, IT, Interlibrary Loan, or Research and Instructional Services assistance. Our faculty and staff are
here to help. Please contact us with your suggestions for new services that would assist you or to make suggestions for improvements to existing services.
On December 4 at 10:00am, the Michael F. Bassman
Honors Thesis Award will be presented to an Honors College
student. We’re proud to host this event that recognize and
reward student creativity and