The subtitle states that Sacred Stacks
is about librarianship, but in fact the book is about how institutions that guide human behavior and learning have evolved in style, importance, and application in popular culture. In what is a critique of culture (especially American culture), author Maxwell draws many parallels between libraries and religious institutions, and librarians and clergy. Like religious institutions, libraries perform a sacred function in the transmission of a more enduring culture and provide individuals and the community with a sacred, secular space. Also like religious institutions, libraries change with the times, while retaining their essential mission--enabling civilized lives--stays the same. Maxwell's observations are funny, pointed, thought-provoking, and wry. Whether one's cosmology involves deities or not, this is a book to read, ponder, and discuss beyond the sacred walls of the library. Highly recommended. Linda Loos ScarthCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Nancy Kalikow Maxwell, currently an administrator at Miami Dade College North Campus Library, has more than thirty years of experience in public and academic libraries. She is an award-winning writer, writing extensively on library and religion topics. She contributes frequently to American Libraries magazine and has authored two ALA Techsource Library Technology Reports. Her articles have also appeared in National Catholic Reporter, Tikkun, Lilith, and Reform Judaism. She holds her MA in Library Science from the University of Missouri at Columbia and an MA in Catholic theology, the first Jewish recipient, from Barry University.