About the Journal - Young Hearts Run
Although LIBREAS has not much to do with Candi
Stanton, in a certain way the motto is correct. The journal deals
with and about the library scientists' young generation, if we
might express ourselves with some emotion.
This faculty of library science at the Humboldt University Berlin,
Germany is now 50 years old and has experienced quite a deal of
discussion as well inside as well outside the university environment
about the subject itself and therefore also about the existence
of the faculty which was endangered since the autumn of 2003 when
the university committee of the president proposed to close it
down - but there we are again - going strong.
On February 15th, this year, the academic council of the Humboldt
University released the full professorship of library science
to the faculty, by doing this strengthening the faculty and the
subject library science. Thus the future is secured - but there
is much to do and especially among the students a great wish to
be and become active.
LIBREAS is expressing this desire. It is not a mere student project
but one shaped by the students. It shall serve as an interface
between the young savages and the old hands, from the academic
and the professional environment, a public place for the dialogue,
for the exchange of ideas. Therefore it is called “Libreas-
Basically the journal shall become the journal which we, being
responsible for the content, want to read ourselves.
LIBREAS shall be open, fresh and also controversial but also not
complete or finalized, in order to leave room for development,
to recognize niches in order to unfold trends out of them.
We have looked for and found a partner BibSpider - Infonetworking
for libraries- not exactly a big Player, but also a kind of probe,
a nearly idealistic project, anticipated in proximity at the development
of the knowledge society.
Now there it is - the first edition, born spontaneously and coloured
by the desire of being active. Surely there are faults to be found
and surely it will not meet all our claims. But we are delighted
by our first offspring and we are looking forward that this project
will grow and thrive- if you agree- we would be happy to see you