In the 1930s S.R. Ranganathan formulated his five laws of library science:
- Books are for use.
- Every reader his / her book.
- Every book its reader.
- Save the time of the reader.
- The library is a growing organism.
In 2004 librarian Alireza Noruzi applied these laws to the internet:
- Web resources are for use.
- Every reader his / her web resource.
- Every web resource its user.
- Save the time of the user.
- The web is a growing organism.
And now I will apply the laws of library science to weblogs or blogs.
- Blogs are for use.
- Every reader his / her Blog.
- Every Blog its user.
- Save the time of the Blogger.
- Blogs are a growing organism.
Save the time of the blogger? What does that mean? I realize that its not a perfect application of the laws of library science but it helps to illustrate a point: There is very likely a blog about almost anything you can think up. Try it. Just add the word “blog” to your google search. It is surprising how much knowledge, information, insight and advice people have to share.
Recently, Professor Bari Burke created a blog about the first women admitted to the Montana bar called “Montana’s Early Women Lawyers: Trail-blazing, Big Sky Sisters-in Law“.
Professor Burke focuses on women attorneys in Montana between 1899 and 1950 by providing biographical and anecdotal information on each woman admitted to the Montana Bar. Professor Burke also provides some historical statistics and lists significant events for women lawyers in Montana. Her blog is kept up to date with entries that consist of historical newspaper clippings that address some aspect of the status of women practicing law in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Visit Montana’s Early Women Lawyers for a fascinating study of how women participated in the legal profession in Montana’s early years.