cogito ergo sum

phil nigel and i were having a conversation about virtual libraries the other day and the following ideas and questions arose, amongst many others, which I’d like to share with you:

  • A virtual space exists only when and for as long as I think of it and uses whatever technology is available to me at the time. That is, all libraries have ALWAYS been both physical and virtual spaces.
  • A library is just a physical manifestation of a virtual concept.
  • Is Google a library?

If you are in a thinking mood please share your own thoughts on this.

End of library philosophy 101.

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Emerald Leung, Sales & Marketing Manager for Civica LLD based in Singapore.
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2 Responses to cogito ergo sum

  1. Nina Antosz says:

    Hmm, interesting question. If by a definition the library is a a collection of materials in all forms and systematically arranged, Google it is a library with search engine like catalog in physical library.
    I think the border between physical and virtual libraries it’s getting thinner. But on other hand physical libraries provide not only resources, but a space for people to meet face to face, not anonymously.

  2. Nigel says:

    I remain of the opinion that Google is not a Library and becomes less like a Library by the day. For me the essence of a Library is its intentional nature. Random musings ranked by the commercial needs of Google just does not cut it.

    Information provision managed by an advertising agency (which is perhaps a flattering description of Google) may suit the panelists on the Gruen Transfer, but I am certain Libraries and Librarians do much more.

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