September 10, 2005

'Opening' A Digital Library

Digital libraries are not new, but open source, video, and collaborative digital repositories are changing the face of library science. If only Melvil Dui (née Melville Dewey) could see what’s become of library sciences today. How would the father of the Dewey Decimal system categorize Web pages, which grow at an alarming rate of nearly seven million per day? How would he organize the hundreds of thousands of video files, and hundreds of thousands of audio files or podcasts that now supplement written words as content? Most importantly, how on Earth would Dewey—perhaps the most famous librarian of all time—manage to represent the body of any one university’s research notes, white papers, dissertations, and other assorted scholarly content in one card catalog?

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