Thursday, December 4, 2008


My thesis is this: Way back in the day, the library was the safe place where a community's collective investment in knowledge was stored, archived, and protected. It was a time when information was scarce. The books in this photo where chained to the shelf to protect them from theft.

That time is gone.

We are drowning in information now. We have too much information. Libraries are no longer the end point of pilgrimage. I believe that we still have a role in this new environment, but we have to give up that old idea. We are no longer the guardians of the horde. It is time to strike out and discover our new role.

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