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What is Distinctive about the Library of Congress In Both its Collections and its Means of Access to Them
And The Reasons LC Needs to Maintain Classified Shelving of Books Onsite, And A Way to Deal Effectively with the Problem of “Books on the Fl

Mann, Thomas,%20WHAT%20IS%20DISTINCTIVE%20ABOUT%20LC%202009.pdf

Date Written:  06/11/2009
Year Published:  2009  
Pages:  30pp  
Resource Type:  Article

The Library cannot solve its space problems by adoption of a “digital strategy”
without seriously damaging our larger mission to promote scholarship of unusual scope and
depth. If the Library’s own access to its own general book collection were to be dumbed
down to only the levels of subject access provided by Google, Amazon, or Internet search
mechanisms, we would effectively be endorsing, and institutionalizing, the level of
ignorance exemplified by the Six Blind Men of India.


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