Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness & Reality
This text aims to show that in place of futuristic dreaming and madness, libraries can embrace advanced technologies while retaining their role as service-oriented repositories of all formats of organized information and knowledge.
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Page 12 - Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Page 4 - ... function which political economy recognizes as so important, of bringing goods to the place where they are wanted, and so, also, creating demand. In this busy generation, when the hurried man grumbles that "all the time there is" is not enough for him, the librarian makes time for his fellow-mortals by saving it ; for a minute saved is a minute added. And this function of organizing, of indexing, of time-saving and of thought-saving, is associated peculiarly with the librarian of the nineteenth...
Page 2 - Odin's Runes are a significant feature of him. Runes, and the miracles of ' magic' he worked by them, make a great feature in tradition. Runes are the Scandinavian Alphabet ; suppose Odin to have been the inventor of letters, as well as ' magic,' among that people ! It is the greatest invention man has ever made, this of marking- down the unseen thought that is in him by written characters. It is a kind of second speech, almost as miraculous as the first.
Page 5 - Libraries are not wholly or even primarily about information. They are about the preservation, dissemination, and use of recorded knowledge in whatever form it may come so that humankind may become more knowledgeable; through knowledge reach understanding; and, as an ultimate goal, achieve wisdom
Page 3 - Libraries exist to acquire, give access to, and safeguard carriers of knowledge and information in all forms and to provide instruction and assistance in the use of collections to which their users have access.