Ever since I was a child I have used libraries for pleasure and information. Most people of my age that I know do the same. But how many other people actually know what they are for, and use them for this? Even students seem to struggle at times.
- Libraries are depositories of information which is organised and arranged to make retrieval as easy and quick as possible.
- Their contents are listed in a catalogue which can be searched to indicate whether and where information is stored.
Librarians are professional people trained in organising such information, helping users find what they want and establishing the location of such material in their own library – or elsewhere.
This is put beautifully in this excerpt from Libraries are Essential:
There is much more to doing real research than typing a few words into a search engine such as Google. Librarians are trained to do high-level research, which supports scientists, doctors, lawyers, professors, writers, government officials, and other important professionals every single day. Without the aide of librarians, all of these people would be making decisions without having all of the relevant knowledge they need on their topics.
Conductive Education libraries
Libraries and librarians may seem an easy target when financial cuts are to be made, which means that valuable resources are not being exploited to the full. Conductive Education publications are limited in number and new, accurate material can be hard to find. Five years ago the Foundation for Conductive Education decided that it could no longer prioritise the expertise of a professional librarian for its library and recently the Pető Institute lost its librarian (I do not know whether a replacement has yet been appointed. Would not this be public information deserving of prioritisation?). Who is maintaining and developing these libraries now?
I do not know.
SAHK in Hong Kong has a library but I do not think it is open access as the others are. A few years ago a ‘mobile’ library was established to be used by all the conductors and centres in New Zealand. Again I do not know if that is still a going concern.
As far as I know there are no other collections of any size other than personal ones.
The Virtual Library of Conductive Education
In 2009 I started collecting information on items on the Internet and catalogued the details in the Virtual Library catalogue. This now has a new format and an updated help page.Yesterday I spent time entering further details of material available on line into this catalogue.
I will post occasional lists of yet more items added here on this blog.
Other sources of information
Information about Conductive Education is now accessible via e-conduction’s website which acts as a knowledge portal leading people to blogs, books, unpublished material, and conductors’ workplaces:
Previous postings on libraries and information: