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> I gather that resources like OCLC and RLIN are available only to members
> member libraries. Meanwhile, the public has resources like Amazon.com,
> Gemm.com, the Internet Movie Database and others.
Which are NOT equal!
> Perhaps these resources will replace libraries. Why go to a library,
> in a distant city, when you can buy the item, delivered to your door, use
> without time or use restrictions, then resell it for about what you paid
> it when you are through with it.
The above presumes several facts which are NOT givens!
First, you can only buy the item IF someone is selling a copy (i.e. ADBD),
you have the funds available to make the purchase. Second, you will only
buy it if the information is vital to your research...or, in capitalist
the amount you can gain by including the information available in the work
purchase will increase the value of your work by the same or a larger
Third, there is no guarantee you can receive the same amount you paid for
work...you may haven been the only buyer at that price (or at all!).
In fact, it is equally...if not more...likely that society will take a
teenage attitude toward preserving information and the objects that contain
and simply say, "We will no longer preserve any data in any form, published
or digitally collected, that dates before <selected arbitrary date>!" Of
course, it remains to be seen what the effects of that decision might be...
but nevertheless there are those who see old information as obsolete, and
only concering "old dead guys..."
Steven C. Barr