Monday, April 30, 2012

Proposition: Libraries are Obsolete (update)

Here is the video of the entire debate...I'm listening to it now, so I'm interested in seeing how it came out...

Harvard will host "an Oxford-style debate" on this proposition: Libraries are obsolete.  This proposition appears to be a continuation of the dialogue that was started by the Harvard Library Reorganization Plan, which caused an Occupy Harvard movement.  It is also interesting who will be debating in favor of the proposition: R. David Lankes, the author of The Atlas of New Librarianship, the controversial new textbook.   Lankes will be joined by the Headmaster of the Cushing Academy, a private prep-school focusing on leadership.  Speaking in opposition are James G. Palfrey, whose focus is on intellectual property and access to knowledge, and Susan Hildreth, whose blog posting, Libraries Succeed by Constantly Evolving, was re-posted on the Huffington Post.

It is hoped that the event will be recorded and video of it made available in the near future.  I hope will be interesting to hear what issues will be raised by both sides.

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