Welcome to the home page for the Library Society of the World! By joining the Society, you are joining a world-spanning group of library professionals and library advocates, dedicated to furthering the role of librarians, archivists, information professionals, and information educators through communication and collaboration. The LSW is about people, not buildings (although some of us think architecture is sexy). It’s about friendship, not organization. It’s about creating and fostering opportunities, not building barriers and divisions.

Joining and participating in the LSW costs nothing besides time and energy.

One day in the LSW FriendFeed room, we talked, as we often do, about the nature of participating in the LSW and some of the benefits it gives, which are perhaps best summed up by this excerpt from a letter sent by a Berkeley Free Speech Movement participant to the judge in their case [emphasis mine]:

We conducted a long struggle, assuming responsibilities we should not have been made to assume, heartbreakingly alone until the end, taking time out from our studies and our lives to do a job that should not have needed to be done. And we comported ourselves with dignity and grace, on the whole unexpectedly so, and with good hearts and kindness for each other. Confronting an institution apparently and frustratingly designed to depersonalize and block communication, neither humane nor graceful nor responsive, we found flowering within ourselves the presence whose absence we were at heart protesting.

2 responses to About

  1. I am a retired librarian who loved my career but wonder if it fulfilled the needs of my intellectual curiosity. I have been retired for 22 years and counting. I wonder if libraries are disappearing, I mean public libraries, I was a public librarian. I hope to become an active member of this professional organization. What will be expected of me? Old age has somewhat impeded my physical, not psychical dexterity.

  2. I work in a school library and try to break down the stereotypes that teenage boys have of what libraries are and what they have to offer.

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