September 4, 2001

For some, Net puts library on shelf

Author: JT Smith

From the Dallas Morning News: "It was while listening to a longish church sermon one Sunday in 1876 that librarian Melvil Dewey had his moment of genius. "I jumpt in my seat and came near shouting 'Eureka!' " he wrote later, marveling at the "absolute simplicity" of his idea. But for many of today's teenagers, the Dewey Decimal System sits squarely in the ash bin of history, right next to the Victrola and the Model T. Libraries, once the great storehouses of academic knowledge, are coming in second to search engines."
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