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Title: Knowledge Is Power: The Detroit Public Library
Author(s): Croneberger, Robert B., Jr.
Subject(s): Libraries and community Social service --Information services Reference services (Libraries) Community information services
Abstract: Francis Bacon said ''knowledge is power' 1 and hundreds of libraries have these immortal words inscribed over their entrances. Perhaps T. S. Eliot was closer to the truth when he wrote: All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance. All our ignorance brings us nearer to death, But nearness to death no nearer to God. Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge ? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries Bring us farther from God and nearer to the Dust. (The Rock, 1934) Anyone interested in information services hears one question with more and more regularity: "What does this work have to do with my profession as librarian?" Libraries across the country are embracing information services as a prodigal returned to the security of its proper home. Library schools are beginning to direct courses toward serving the informationally deprived. Cases are common where the library has announced its entrance into information services, published a few telephone numbers, and then expected its library staff to answer such questions as: "My friend has just taken an overdose what shall I do?" or, even worse, 'I've decided to commit suicide and I want to know the best method."
Issue Date: 1971
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In C.L. Kronus and L. Crowe (eds). 1971. Libraries and neighborhood information centers; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, October 24-27, 1971. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 125-128.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (17th : 1971)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1590
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1971.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-17
 

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