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Perpetual Proposal A space and classification system by Fay Nicolson & Oliver Smith
Perpetual Proposal is a system to initiate and record the flow of books [objects] within an exhibition as reading room. The Books all deal with the form and content of the book as a subject. Being interested in mathematician and librarian S.R. Raganathan’s Five
Laws of Library Science*, Fay and Oliver encourage visitors to the exhibition to select books from the peg board display and browse through them at their leisure. Investigating the idea of a reader as both a consumer and (re) producer of knowledge Fay and Oliver ask visitors to select a page using a book mark for our librarian to copy. The rationale behind page selection is left in hands of each reader.
Throughout his/her shift the librarian will copy and index selected pages, binding them into a compendium that will enter the selection of exhibited books each day. These new additions both document the use of, and add to, the collection of exhibited books.
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Raganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science :

1. BOOKS ARE FOR USE.

2. EVERY READER HIS (OR HER) BOOK.

3. EVERY BOOK ITS READER.

4. SAVE THE TIME OF THE USER

5. THE LIBRARY IS A GROWING ORGANISM

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