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By Alberto Manguel

Whereas touring in Calgary, Alberto Manguel used to be struck through how the unconventional he was once analyzing (Goethe's Elective Affinities) looked as if it would replicate the social chaos of the realm during which he was once residing. an editorial within the day-by-day paper could by surprise be illuminated by means of a passage within the novel; a protracted mirrored image will be caused by way of a unmarried notice. He determined to maintain a list of those moments, rereading a booklet every month, and forming A studying Diary: a quantity of notes, reflections, impressions of trip, of neighbors, of occasions private and non-private, all elicited by means of his examining. From Don Quixote (August) to The Island of Dr. Moreau (February) to Kim (April), Manguel leads us on a charming event in literature and existence, and demonstrates how, for the passionate reader, one is completely inextricable from the opposite.

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These principles are institutionalized in public libraries, which, while providing for recreational reading, also provide free access to information important to an enlightened democratic citizenry (Harris 1995). For example, in the United States, the American Library Association’s “Library Bill of Rights” obliges librarians to provide in their collections a balanced and unbiased picture of issues for independent decision-making. ” Under highly nationalistic or revolutionary regimes, libraries are also valued as institutions that legitimize the governing power by supporting social cohesion and inculcating “correct” beliefs and values (Hobsbawm 1983).

Research, whether theoretical or practical, requires two things: an awareness of the state of existing knowledge and a relatively unfettered flow of knowledge. The medium of print makes this possible. And further, li- THE EVOLUTION AND FUNCTIONS OF LIBRARIES 41 braries extend the benefit of print by expanding collections to support higher and higher levels of specialization. In major research libraries, comprehensive collections accommodate all disciplines and allow for borrowing within and across fields.

Wheeler, Gordon. 1993. ” In The Collective Silence: German Identity and the Legacy of Shame, eds. Barbara Heimannsberg and Christopher J. Schmidt. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, xv–xxvii. ” (Line 1994, 6) As societies grow in complexity, they increasingly depend on systems of knowledge that serve to connect various types of behavior, apply lessons from the past to future enterprises, and organize the indispensable activities of modern living. Written language fosters memory and makes these memories retrievable in a body of literature whose value has partly to do with the advantage it gives each generation over the last.

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