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John Kelly, the Metro Columnist for The Washington Post, wrote, "Due Date Stamps, A Thing of the Past?" (first mentioned on LISNews here) and I emailed him my thoughts on date stamps, library fines and Google:
no, the plot is to accelerate senility by outsourcing your memory to a computer. the old date stamp sparked thought as you wondered who had the book last or why there was a nine year gap between those last two borrowers. the date stamp was a link to history. but a paper receipt, or even no receipt, is just more crap to find a place for because it doesn't belong anywhere; the receipt doesn't even make a good bookmark, it's so small and flimsy.
no, it's actually to give Google unlimited power. because you won't remember your PIN or even the library web address. so you'll google it. "when are my library books due back?" and Google will show you ads for Amazon's Kindle and the University of Phoenix online degree program. and you'll wonder if you'd be happier as a computer technician. and then you'll end up on Hulu watching Family Guy and never ever read that book.
no, we're not making any extra money from extra fines. stop looking at my iPhone.
And John was nice enough to add most of my email to his follow-up column, "Okay, So End of Library Stamps Isn't the End of the World." My stuff is on page 2. Check it out.