Posted by: bluesyemre | April 3, 2013

5 Innovations That Show Libraries Don’t Have To Die by Stan Alcorn

  • When I took a high school class in “library science,” the primary innovation I learned about was the Dewey Decimal System. It was invented in 1876. But libraries insist that, despite their name (derived from liber, which is literally a Latin word for “tree bark”), they are hotbeds of innovation. The most surprising thing about this is that, to some extent, it’s true. Yes, the “browsing” that libraries are constructed around is completely antithetical to how information is browsed on the Internet. But the existential threat posed by the web has driven libraries public and private to rethink how they can provide people with access not simply to dead trees, but to “information.

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