John Gibbs

Retired Special Projects Librarian, Music Library
University of Washington
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"When, During World War II Winston Churchill was asked to cancel funding for the arts, he replied "Good God, No, what do you think we're fighting for?"
"...a librarian is like a Google that actually finds what you're looking for and never clutters your screen with porn." Meryl Rothstein. Esquire Nov. 2008.
"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game - and do it by watching first some high school or small-town teams."
Jacques Barzun

"When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, it seems like two minutes. When you sit on a hot stove for two minutes, it seems like two hours that's relativity." -- Albert Einstein
"Das Beste, was wir von der Geschicte haben, ist der Enthusiasmus, den sie erregt." [The best that history has to give is the enthusiasm it arouses.]

"It is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it."

"Where's the wisdom we have lost in knowledge,
Where's the knowledge we have lost in information?"
T.S.Eliot The Rock

"With so much information now online, it is exceptionally easy to simply dive in and drown."
Alfred Glossbrenner
"Like missile defense, leading-edge library automation is a money pit."
Nicholson Baker
(New Yorker article, 24 July 2000, p. 42)

"If you want to get laid, go to college, but if you want an education, go to the library."
Frank Zappa

"Music expresses what one cannot say, but about which one cannot remain silent."
Victor Hugo

"Show me a computer expert that gives a damn, and I'll show you a librarian."
Patricia Wilson Berger
(Quoted in Chicago Tribune article, 29 June 1990, Tempo section, p. 1)

"Musicology is for musicians what ornithology is to the birds."
Charles Rosen