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I found this article in New Republic interesting. The author proposes the NEW library. He explains that libraries were established thousands of years ago as repositories of rare information, and they've changed little since that time. Nowadays information is far from rare, we're drowning in it. This leads him to ask "what should become of the library?". He proposes an amalgamation (sort of) of Google books & Internet Archive & the New York Public Library - with everything online, appendable and immediately at-hand.
Interesting fact from the article - 80% of college students start a research project by going to Google, while 1% begin with their college library catalogue...jr
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