Monday, 2 June 2008

The future of books and libraries

There's an excellent article about the history and future of information technology in the New York Review of Books. Written by Robert Darnton, director of the University Library at Harvard, the article traces the history of information technology from the codex through the internet and concludes "Therefore, I say: long live Google, but don't count on it living long enough to replace that venerable building with the Corinthian columns. As a citadel of learning and as a platform for adventure on the Internet, the research library still deserves to stand at the center of the campus, preserving the past and accumulating energy for the future."

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