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《The Journal of The Library Science In China》 2001-02
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On Principles of Librarianship

Huang Jungui  
In this paper, the author thinks that the first four laws among Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan's Five Laws of Library Science have guiding significance and eternal vitality, while they have also limitations. However, Ranganathan didn't substantially explain the fifth law, i.e. “A Library is a growing organism”. M. Gorman's Five New Laws of Librarianship are innovative, but they are not a development of Ranganathan's Five Laws. Neither Ranganathan's Five Laws and Gorman's Five New Laws are laws of library science. They are actually laws of library practices. Then, the author proposes that principles for library development should include five main aspects of library practices and librarianship, such as adaptation to economic and technological developments, national adaptation, readercenteredness, sustainable development and the objective of library profits. 6 refs.
【CateGory Index】: G250
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