The five laws are:
- Books are for use.
- Every person his [or her] book.
- Every book its reader.
- Save the time of the reader.
- The library is a growing organism.
I think the book is one of the most important works written in library science. I think the laws should underpin everything we do every day. Memorize them so you can quote them in meetings. You’ll be amazed at how they cut things down to some sensible size and help you remember what’s important.
FRBR fulfills the laws: it will help people find their books, it will help books be found, it will save the time of the reader, and it is part of the continuing growth of libraries not just in shelves and buildings but in ideas and services.
You’ll also be interested in Ranganathan’s Monologue on Melvil Dewey, a fifteen-minute talk he gave in 1964.