Nancy Kalikow Maxwell
“Librarians serve a higher purpose that no amount of digitization or computerization can ever replace…Libraries have survived and will continue to thrive in the future, because they fulfill eternal needs for people.”—Nancy Kalikow Maxwell from the Preface
Librarianship as a calling is a powerful perspective. While it’s been a long time since libraries were exclusively the provenance of monks, some of those sacred roots remain, according to librarian and theologian Maxwell. Many librarians sense the deeper meaning and higher purpose in their work, yet rarely have time to contemplate it.
Maxwell’s down-to-earth candor combined with scholarly insight is designed to inspire and enlighten her library peers and colleagues. Drawing from history, sociology and philosophy, Sacred Stacks voices the importance of the library profession and libraries as community institutions in a secular time.
Considering these higher purposes of libraries, she outlines the work of librarians and libraries that:
Librarians, LIS students and educators, as well as trustees can step into these Sacred Stacks to reignite meaning in their everyday work.