Monday, September 25, 2006

LIS 450: Information Agencies and their Environment: Questions for Monday's Discussion

LIS 450: Information Agencies and their Environment: Questions for Monday's Discussion
Scan A Book
Yes, we do have the capacity to scan every book and material around us. However, the question is just because we can, should we? I am not at all certain that this is an efficient way to use our time, funds and skills. We as human beings need to have a purpose for all this information. We need to be able to edit, organize and understand the function of information in a rational way. Perhaps our time would be better spent attempting to organize the barrage of information that is thrown at us everyday first.

2 Comments:

At 2:31 PM, Blogger Jill PD said...

I agree! Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
Sure, it would be nice to have everything scanned, and accessible, and searchable, and free, ad infinitum, but is this the best use of our time and resources? And will it be useful and relevant if it happens????

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger Amy said...

I'm with you! I recently checked out a book from Wiscat and it had the old due date sheet in the back of it. It was interesting to see how many times the book was used and how long it sat on the shelf unused. At one point in time no one check it out for six years. Would it be necessary to scan this book? Would it be more widely used if it was online, or would it just add to the clutter of information that the WWW is becoming? I think just because we can, doesn't mean we should (scan every last thing).

 

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