Jessamyn posts this, which seems relevant to one of my recent rants: as she puts it, the “Do we make the library more like Google, or make Google more like the library?” debate. She tracks this back to this post on It’s all good. And then, true to form, Jessamyn sums up in one sentence what it took me a very long post to not say very well: she boils this issue down to Ranganathan’s 4th law: Save the time of the reader. Are we? If not, then I say it’s time to invoke Ranganathan’s 5th: The Library is a growing organism. By which I mean, evolve or go extinct.
I would then of course have to point you towards my talk that I gave at Columbia called Evolve or Die. Evolve and Die. the false dichotomy of tech. It’s short because it was supposed to be a ten minute talk. Did anyone else do a ten minute talk? No, they did not. Were they supposed to do ten minute talks? Yes, yes they were.