The Library in the New Age

"The Library in the New Age" by Robert Darnton, New York Review of Books, June 12.

Information is exploding so furiously around us and information technology is changing at such bewildering speed that we face a fundamental problem: How to orient ourselves in the new landscape? What, for example, will become of research libraries in the face of technological marvels such as Google?

More at www.nybooks.com/articles/21514

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Almost skipped this article

I read the initial blurb and said to myself, "I know that already." Then I did skip the article but latter came back and read it and I must say it is very much worth reading.

This line in the blurb made me the most skeptical: "Information is exploding so furiously around us and information technology is changing at such bewildering speed that we face a fundamental problem:"

I was skeptical because I really question whether information is exploding. Just because there are terrabytes of navel gazing in blogs doesn't mean there is more information in the world. Sure there is some good information there but does it really fit the term "exploding"?

My meandering thoughts aside I suggest you read the article if you have not done so.

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