Re: Fundamental reform of (C) (Fwd)

From: <johnl[_at_]ibm.net>
Date: Tue, 01 Oct 96 22:11:58 -0400

On 09/30/96, terrell[_at_]gateway.stcl.edu (Buford Terrell) said:
>
> Actually, many libraries, including the public library here in Houston,
> now provide some free Internet access to patrons. Access to information
> in all forms is what libraries do, you know.

yes, and I see that as a good thing.

I suspect that libraries are in for a wrenching period of change. I think the underlying assumption in their structure is that most information comes in books, books are not usable by more than one person at a time, and books are awkward to transport.

All those assumptions appear likely to fade in importance at some time in the future.

Organized access to information will continue to have value, probably heightened value.

I do not know what form and function libraries will take.

Librarians who view their job as providing organized access to information ought to do very well. Librarians who see their task as organizing and caring for books are likely to have a more troubled future. Younger librarians will have the Chinese curse of "living in interesting times".

Regards,

John Lederer
<johnl[_at_]ibm.net>

Oregon, Wisconsin
(Where the citizens are deeply troubled over the cultural implications of the town's first stoplight) Received on Wed Oct 02 1996 - 03:14:46 GMT

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