SHADOWS

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Leop­ards break in­to the temple and drink all the sac­ri­fi­cial ves­sels dry; it keeps hap­pen­ing; in the end, it can be cal­cu­lat­ed in ad­vance and is in­cor­po­rat­ed in­to the rit­ual.
Franz Kafka

Every time we put something into words, we simultaneously pronounce a declaration of faith in the power of language to re-create and communicate our experience of the world, and our admission of its shortcomings to name this experience fully.  Faith in language is, like all true faiths, unaltered by everyday practice that contradicts its claims of power – unaltered in spite of our knowledge that whenever we try to say something, however simple, however clear-cut, only a shadow of that something travels from our conception to its utterance, and further from its utterance to its reception and understanding… Every book confesses the impossibility of holding fully onto whatever it is that our experience seizes.  All our libraries are the glorious record of that failure.

Alberto Manguel, Packing My Library.

ARLISmatters podcast… Episode 02: Hey Dewey, what’s your problem?

After a leisurely hiatus our ARLISmatters podcast hosts Cassy and Alex have returned to the air.

In episode 02 they welcome their first guest, Viv Eades from Central Saint Martins Library. Looking in particular at Dewey classification Viv talks inclusivity (or the lack thereof) with our hosts, and what we might do to combat this.

Listen, enjoy, share, and comment. Because what’s better than two librarians sat in a room talking about classification? Three librarians sat in a room talking about classification.

Episodes are hosted on SoundCloud but linked to from the blog, so all you need to do to listen is click on the embedded play button in the image below. Alternatively follow us on SoundCloud too, and access and download all our episodes there.

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