What is a library?

For the last few weeks we have been defining what a library is in my library management class. The purpose of defining a library is to help us understand the mission / vision statements of libraries.

We began by determining that a library is a service organization. Libraries are in the business of entertaining and educating their community. A library is also likely to be a cultural heritage institution (which means that they serve as record keepers for the community). An interesting question that was brought up at this time was, "does the web necessitate more resource sharing and community building on the part of libraries?"

Ultimately, we decided that a library is:

  • a collection of resources
  • learning + entertaining
  • culture + community
  • physical + virtual

What do you think a library is?

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