Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

Ironies of the Library

It is ironic that I became a life member of the Friends of the local public library at just about the time that an innovation called the ‘World Wide Web’ was reducing my reliance on public and university libraries. I haven’t had a library card in years and years.

(Actually I would say there was a period where WWW educational content went temporarily downwards, or at least seemed to in the medical topics in which I was interested then. The ‘commercialization of the Internet’, however, has made the Web a treasure trove of information. And I say: yay!

Oh, especially when you consider that one of the educational functions of the Web is to make unusual books, that the library likely doesn’t even have, readily available for purchase from both large and small bookstores.)

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