Inside Higher Ed :: The Joy of Stacks

The Joy of Stacks is one from Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik on the University of Chicago. To understand why professors need great libraries, says Andrew Abbott, "you need to think about an ape swinging through the trees."

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Libraries? Apes?

Has this person read Terry Pratchett?

For those who haven't: In the Discworld series, the Librarian at Unseen University -- due to magic leaking from the books, since UU is where wizards are trained -- has been changed into an orangutan. Thus his dialogue mostly consists of variation of "Oook" and he works for bananas. But he finds the long arms and prehensile feet very useful!

Highly recommended.

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