THERE IS TREASON ABROAD in the world of learning; le trahison des clercs is rising among us today and is more virulent than was the original conspiracy. The current conspiracy is against collections. We are surrounded now by those who are wedded to the University in an unholy sacrament whereby the bride, the shrine of learning, the Library, is being degraded to becoming a mere machine of information that will spew out facts at the touch of a button, facts which are replacing knowledge. There are buildings within our present experience that are called Libraries, wherein books are of minor importance. There are scholars who have told space‐hungry and building‐conscious administrators that electronics and new means of communication have replaced the book as a major matter of the Library. Information has set in.
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