Packing Up the Books

Katherine S. Mangan, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Jun 27, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Here's a scare headline if I've ever seen one. "U. of Texas becomes the latest institution to clear out a main library to make room for computers." Oh no, they're getting rid of books! Well, not exactly - they're just moving them to another facility. Of course, the main message in this piece from the Chronicle is that "Critics worry that all of the money and attention being spent on digital libraries leaves less money for books, and that the days when a scholar could spend hours wandering through the stacks." Sheesh. But hey, it's the Chronicle - let's ramp up the silly rhetoric: "I think it's ridiculous," she says of the plan to empty out nearly all the volumes. "I don't see how you can replace books."
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