The future of libraries
Via Peter Brantley, a beautiful comment from Winston Tabb, the Librarian at The Johns Hopkins University, which provides a nice lens through which to view the challenging situation libraries find themselves in:
Data centers are the new stacks.
It’s an interesting time to be a librarian. I spent a couple of months earlier this year working in the State Library of Queensland. I met some librarians who were incredibly upbeat about current opportunities, and others who were in denial. One day, at lunch, I overhead a conversation between two librarians discussing the “impossibility” of putting the entire back catalogue of major newspapers online. I wonder how long before Google or someone else unveils such a catalogue.
Update: In comments, John Dupuis, Head of the Science Library at York University, points to a thoughtful series of essays on the opportunities and challenges now before libraries.