bobrobboy: July 2008 Archives
A couple days ago USA Today published an article about how libraries are adapting to the Internet. The article focused mostly on the availability of computers. A number of patrons were interviewed. One had this to say:
"You should be able to walk into any library and find Internet service ...."
That statement made me cringe a little, but I didn't really know why until later when a co-worker (and co-blogger) referenced Wired magazine's monthly "Expired, Tired and Wired" feature. Then it hit me.
TIRED: Finding Internet service in a library.
WIRED: Finding a library in the Internet
Any suggestion on what has "Expired?"
Thanks to Resource Shelf for pointing out the article.
Today the NYT Home & Garden section profiled an architect/designer named Kelly Wearstler. Kelly has a love of out-of-print books. She frequents several high-end book stores that carry these and other hard to find design books and scours them for ideas.
I could launch into the typical why-aren't-libraries-the-cool-place-to-be refrain, but that's not the point.
I'm glad folks like Kelly point me to the $3,200 out-of-print books available in boutique shops. More than likely I can dig up the book somewhere in my state and through inter-library loan, I just might be able to get a copy for myself.
I wish Kelly and other's like her could experience what I experienced when I was a student working at The Ohio State University Main Library. Shelving books in that cavernous, 14-story building introduced me to more information and ideas than any boutique book store could hope to.
I wonder what sits next to David Douglas Duncan's Goodbye Picasso on the shelf at OSU?