Big thanks to David Weinberger at JoHo the Blog for this liveblog of Jon Orwant’s talk to Harvard Librarians entitled “Deriving the Library from First Principles”.
We used to use the library to search for books and talk about them at home. In the future, we’ll use our computer to search for books, and talk about them at our libraries.
Orwant also apparently throws out some ideas about how to design a library around the notion of serendipity.
Here’s hoping for a full transcript of the talk eventually; because I think the notion of trying to figure out how we would design a library from scratch is a fruitful one. If academic libraries didn’t exist, what sorts of organizations would we create to fulfill the essential functions libraries fill in the academy? What are those functions? What kinds of people would we hire to serve those functions?