Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Daily Thoughts 11/17/2015

Ainola Museum Oulu pre 1929.jpg
A postcard of Ainola museum and library. It was designed by Swedish architect J. E. Stenberg and completed in 1888. Building was destroyed in a fire in 1929.

Daily Thoughts 11/17/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some of The World Brain by H.G. Wells.  It is an argument for a universal encyclopedia so that intellectuals and knowledge workers will have more influence.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

Better World Books came by to pick up their shipment.

There are two computer classes tonight.  A Fundamentals of Computers class and Beginning Microsoft Word class.

I finished reading The World Brain on the way home.  H.G. Wells describes a universal encyclopedia.  He imagines that photographic images will be so reduced that they could be stored easily, a microscopic library of record.  This way every person at their study could have access to almost any book or image.  Part of this imagination is a kind of universalization of learning.  There would be a single worldwide organization which would manage the content of the encyclopedia.  Creating a common set of ideas would help combat war.  The content is very utopian.

This book very much reminds me of Wikipedia in its idealism.

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Defining Diversity in Libraries

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