Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Libraries obsolete? - a quote

I burgled this one from a teacher librarian's email signature. We are of course biased, but even so... (mad idolatry, that's a nice phrase...)

The Web is great; but it’s a woefully poor substitute for a full-service library. It is mad idolatry to make it more than a tool. Libraries are icons of our cultural intellect, totems to the totality of knowledge. If we make them obsolete, we’ve signed the death warrant to our collective national conscience, not to mention sentencing what’s left of our culture to the waste bin of history. The Internet is marvelous, but to claim, as some now do, that it’s making libraries obsolete is as silly as saying shoes have made feet unnecessary.

Mark Y Herring

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