For Whom Does the Google Bell Toll? Not libraries

I ran across an interesting article by way of a tangentially related Google search today.  The June 12, 2008 issue of The New York Review of Books includes the following item, “The Library in the New Age,” a lengthy discussion of changes in information technology (from the dawn of the written word through Internet search engines), which culminates in an eight-point discussion of how Google Book Search will make physical libraries “more important than ever.”  Written by Robert Darnton, it’s an interesting addition to the scholarship of the digital age.

1 thought on “For Whom Does the Google Bell Toll? Not libraries

  1. This is an interesting read. (I think those short on time can skip ahead to part 2 for the meat of the article.) FYI – The author is the (non-librarian) director of Harvard’s University Library.

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