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Closing libraries, foreclosing research


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By Will Knight In 2007, Stephen Bocking, professor of environmental studies at Trent University, asked me to conduct some research on British Columbia’s aquaculture industry. The plan included a vi…

Karen R. Harker‘s insight:

From the article:

“This serendipity and freedom are intangible qualities that physical libraries foster and which digital archives, which are undoubtedly valuable, do not reproduce. And it is one reason, among many, why the library’s closure—one of five libraries that DFO has shuttered—is so troubling. DFO claims that the closures are cost-saving measures; the collections from the five closed libraries will be consolidated in two existing libraries. The lack of physical access will be offset, officials promise, by the digitization of materials.”

I’m considering how we could re-instill serendipitous discovery in an online setting.  Unlike the author, I believe it can be done – indeed, I believe it is already done, at least with some collections.  But not with books & ebooks.  Would it violate copyright to digitize the covers of books?  Develop a thumbnail browsing method to “scan the shelves”.  Use mouseovers to provide TOC and summaries.  Just ideas…

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