08 January 2013

Internet and books attached

Caught this story on "the future of libraries" on WNYC this morning and I just have to say: It makes me sad to think of a bookless library, but all this reminds me of the furor over the New Main Library in San Francisco, which replaced a library with more book space and was criticized for its "public-serving" design necessitating the culling of its collection. (I haven't been to that library, so I can't say for myself what the design accomplished.) I believe this was in Nicholas Basbanes' PATIENCE AND FORTITUDE which is all about book collectors and archives. Here's an article about that book and Nicholson Baker's review of the library in the New Yorker, which is stinging. And that's your wild-goose chase for the day!

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