Portrait of Melvil Dewey.
Portrait of Melvil Dewey. Courtesy of American Library Association Archives.

Librarians have been keepers of the books through the ages, but their work has also encompassed many versatile information formats and roles.  They have championed intellectual freedom.  They have contributed to the political and social movements of their times.  They have developed theories of information science.  Here you will find notes about librarians, famous and lesser known, who helped create the philosophy and practice of librarianship as we know it today.