A Canticle for Leibowitz and Why Libraries Matter

“Libraries are an essential service not only for what they contain, but what they symbolize: the possibility of betterment, the presence of hope in a world growing increasingly more hopeless, the ghost of a chance that maybe someday we will turn away from vapid, petty, pointless and stupid, and invest in the things that rust can’t corrode, nor moths sneak in and chew to smithereens.”

That’s from Leigh Anne’s latest Pensée at Library Alchemy, a witty and eloquent essay on Walter M. Miller Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz and on why what we do in this often-beleaguered profession matters so much.

Go read it, please. And I’d recommend Canticle, too, if you haven’t read it in a while or ever.

We’ll talk about RDA later.


Author: R.A. Stewart

Librarian, poet, sometime musician, father, grandfather, codger; as of November 9, 2016, second-class citizen of a banana republic.

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