"Libraries belong to a brief transitional period at the end of the 19th century -- after the rise of democracy but before the rise of the welfare state. [...] Such thinking is opposed to the spirit of the computer age. Today, it is considered immoral and inefficient if information does not flow freely from one jurisdiction to another. But, like the military sector, the library sector confounds every attempt to make it more efficient. [...] Modern people often make the mistake of assuming that “cultivation” or “polish” is the important thing libraries give their patrons. It is not. What is important, is that people build a basic toolkit of literary communication that leaves them uncowed by accounts built out of words, sentences and paragraphs."Intellectual liberation is what's critically important; warehousing dead wood pulp physical media is not.
18 April 2011
Libraries Will Die ~ Caldwell in FT on Future Fate
FT's Christopher Caldwell writes It is the fate of libraries to die...