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Why the Empty Shelf?

25 Oct

Mass Borrow at Newport Library

I chose a name that could be interpreted in several ways. The title is partially inspired by the collective action of library members from the Isle of Wight, who staged a “borrowing protest” that emptied the shelves of a local library that was under threat of closure. In this instance the absence of books was an indicator of the high demand for professionally operated and well-funded library services. You can find out more about the protest here:

Mass Borrow at Newport Library

As a student of librarianship, I liken myself to the empty shelf, free(ish) from preconceived ideas about what it will be like to enter the profession, open to ideas, ready to watch, listen and contribute. I will also try to stretch the metaphor further and, apply it to the current state of real world libraries where physical collections are diminishing and being replaced by virtual shelves of material. Another manifestation of the empty shelf.

P.S. There are no empty shelves in my home, or any empty cupboards, suitcases, boxes or drawers.

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