Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation Book

I thoroughly researched and vetted the accuracy and provenance of every quotation included in this collection. Many of the quotations from the original e-zine version did not make the cut because I could not authenticate the quotation’s origins. Many others that did make the cut required correcting either the quotation, the origin, or both. This was a labor of love, and it was a huge eye opener to how improper and inaccurate quotations get perpetuated across the web without scrutiny. While I will not guarantee every quote in this book to be 100% accurate (even I make mistakes!) I can guarantee that I made every attempt to hunt each of them down to an original or primary source and those that I was unable to verify did not make it into this book.

Following is the book’s description from the Library Juice Press website:

Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation Book is a compilation of quotations originally collected for the “Quotes of the Week” section of Library Juice, an e-zine published by Rory Litwin between 1998 and 2005 that dealt with philosophical and political dimensions of librarianship.

Persons quoted include famous, not-so-famous, and infamous figures from classical to contemporary periods. Librarians are quoted, as well as intellectuals, politicians, novelists, scientists, celebrities, and other commentators. Some quotes are about libraries and librarians, others are about intellectual freedom, and others are about the information society from a philosophical perspective. A central thread tying these quotations together is the idea of the library as servant and protector of the public sphere. A rich collection easily dipped in and out of.

I thoroughly researched and vetted the accuracy and provenance of every quotation included in this collection. Many of the quotations from the original e-zine version did not make the cut because I could not authenticate the quotation’s origins. Many others that did make the cut required correcting either the quotation, the origin, or both. This was a labor of love, and it was a huge eye opener to how improper and inaccurate quotations get perpetuated across the web without scrutiny. While I will not guarantee every quote in this book to be 100% accurate (even I make mistakes!) I can guarantee that I made every attempt to hunt each of them down to an original or primary source and those that I was unable to verify did not make it into this book.

Library Juice Press no longer offers sales from their website, but recommends ordering the book from Amazon.

Recommended citation:

Wallace, Martin, ed. Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation Book. Compiled by Rory Litwin. Duluth: Library Juice, 2009.

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