13506Re: [mythsoc] libraries
- Dec 18, 2004Christine wrote:
>Actually, the best long-term storage so far has been chisel on stone.That's why I defined paper as the medium of choice for centuries of
>Though I admit you'd have to love a novel a LOT to commit it to the ages
>this way. Paper is better than electronic storage certainly, but has been
>distressingly liable to loss over 3000+ years.
storage, not millennia. And the paper has to be properly stored and cared for.
Even chiseling on stone will wear away. A panel at a science-fiction
convention, asked to consider the question of how best to encode a message
to last for millions of years, eventually decided that the most lasting and
accurate medium would be DNA.
Larry Swain wrote:
>Most of us have been around long enough to remember about 8-9 years ago andIncreased, really? That must be nice wherever you are, but in this
>the buzz word of the time: "library without walls" and how the Internet was
>going to make it possible to do away with the venerable academic library.
>Some administrators at some big name universities were in fact advocating
>slashing their libraries' budgets in favor of the information on the
>Internet. You'll note no doubt that we no longer hear that buzz phrase; and
>most library budgets haven't been slashed, but increased since publishing
>hasn't gone wholesale into print on demand or e-publishing;
country, all that's happened is that they've stopped pretending that the
cuts aren't going to hurt.
>Libraries, asIt's older than that. Microfilm was the Great Answer of the 1950s.
>they did when back in 60s and 70s tapes, followed years later by video tape,
>then CDs, which were all going to revoutionize data storage and put an end
>to libraries in their day, have absorbed the Internet and made it their own.
Everything was going to be put on microfilm, and older books would no
longer be needed.
>No matter what media the information takes, one needs informationSometimes a Google search is the most effective thing; sometimes it isn't.
>specialists to access it effectively--and that's what libraries and
>librarians do: access a wide range of information across different media and
>platforms more effectively than a Google search does and will.
Sometimes commercial enterprise is the wisest way to accomplish a project;
sometimes it isn't. The challenge is conveying to dim-minded enthusiasts
of something that, if you think it isn't always the best way, that doesn't
mean you're totally against it.
Daniel Dimitroff wrote:
> Most people have friends they can call and come over to use their computerAnd if they can't afford to buy bread, they can go over to their friend's
> if they don't own one themselves.
house and eat cake, yeah.
Sorry, but that's the most ignorant and offensive suggestion possible to
the problem of the computer-less. "Most people" indeed.
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