The Infinite Library
The Death of Libraries?: From the May 2005
"At most libraries, the hand-typed card catalogues thumbed by generations of patrons have been supplanted by electronic indexes accessed via PCs locally or over the Web. Now that Google has agreed to scan millions of books from five major libraries and to make their contents searchable on the Webâ€”a project that experts say is likely to yield spinoff technologies that drastically lower the costs of digitization and catalyze similar efforts worldwideâ€”can the disappearance of libraries themselves be far behind?"
Probably not, The Infinite Library, by Wade Roush, takes a good long look at how digitization is changing libraries.
"Industry has resources to invest that we donâ€™t have anymore and never will have," points out Gary Strong, university librarian at the University of California, Los Angeles, which has its own aggressive digitization programs. "And they've come to libraries because we have massive repositories of information. So weâ€™re natural partners in this venture, and we all bring different skills to the table. But weâ€™re redefining the table itself. Now that weâ€™re defining new channels of access, how do we make sure all this information is usable?"