The More Things Change…

 

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The Journal of the Medical Library Association has a special supplement issue this month to celebrate their centennial. It contains articles from past issues. I want to quote the article written in 1918 by Sir William Osler, M.D. regarding librarians:

“…No man in the community requires a more comprehensive and thorough education. All knowledge is his province. A common tap for the waters of wisdom, he should not perhaps know everything, but he should know where everything may be found…He is the badly salaried intellect of the community and, if fortunate enough to be able to suffer fools gladly, he leads a life of surprising usefulness. And let us not forget other important qualifications – an ability to manage a business as complicated as a department shop, and a knowledge of men and a gift of manners that will enable him to drive is Committee or Council without strain on bit or rein…”

(italics mine)

So things just don’t change, do they?

Original citation:

Osler, W. (1918). The science of librarianship. Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, 7(4), 70-4.

Current reprint citation:

Osler, W. (1918). The science of librarianship. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 100 (4 Suppl), A.