Libraries burn

“Well, sure, but that’s the point, isn’t it? Ninety percent of the works in copyright are orphan works: no one knows who owns the rights to them, and no one can figure out how to put them back into print. Meanwhile, the copies of them that we do know about are disintegrating or getting lost. So there’s a library out there, the biggest library ever, ninety percent of the stuff anyone’s ever created, and it’s burning, in slow motion. Libraries burn.” She shrugged. “That’s what they do. But maybe someday we’ll figure out how to make so many copies of humanity’s creative works that we’ll save most of them from the fire.” (excerpt from Cory Doctorow’s Homeland).

On the inside of my class ring that is on order for Simmons, it will be engraved with “Libraries burn” to honor this quote. As a librarian, knowing this, knowing that nothing is permanent, no book is safe, is a deep truth.

Tonight was my final LIS class in my Masters program. Tomorrow at noon is my final meeting with my practicum supervisors. That’s all, folks.

As of May 10th, I will be changing the title of this blog, and removing the “(almost).”

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