“…operating at the intersection of books and technology…” Epilogue
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan offers a fantasy story of the very transgressions that we anticipate. This as adventure escapade of intersection between the future and the past of books. It is filled with characters that we know and interplay that we observe, if not engage.
Here I am with the Kindle PaperWhite. It is paper bright, light and thin. Delicate to the touch and to the accidental or inept touch; it is responsive to bionic actions. It also has a bit of hubris of its own as it is certain that I need an amazing Amazon Denim fashion to go out into Coralville, IA. (A commercial presence within books, faded since the 19th century, has returned.)
It is almost essential to read this book on screen display. Without that reflexive reference to the experience the reader can feel displaced. As with other eye/machine read transaction, you need to enter both doors at the same time. Either a paper reader or screen approach alone will feel displaced and over-critical of details. And how is the PaperWhite paper like? How is it and how is it not? This fantasy balances exactly in between in our own terrain.
Turn your copy shop into book production. Or, why not, turn your own laser printer into a publishing enterprise.
“Surrogates are often suggested in order to mitigate damage and exposure of the physical objects. This solution however is controversial. Some have embraced this practice while others refuse to make the switch. This discussion will delve into each side of the issues, uses, and needs of surrogacy in collections. We are looking to include perspectives from within as well as outside the field that are impacted by the use of surrogates, digital and physical. Which side of the fence are you on?” email, AIC
Sounds like a false choice and a bedraggled binary premise for the panel of the Archives Conservation Discussion Group (ACDG) of the AIC Book and Paper Group now styled as: “Is it Real? The Value and Ethics of Using Surrogates.” Why not discuss how source and surrogate transform each other? Why not discuss a “new normal” of physical and screen access complementing each other, or detracting? Why not discuss archival transmission as a complex, time-based process dependent on both source and surrogate?
Conservators have an obligation to help define composite source/surrogate roles and can discuss precepts such as re-mastering, authentication, deficiencies of surrogate imaging conventions, enhancing source legibility, on-demand and sustainable source and surrogate interaction, source treatment options for non-damaging surrogation, etc..
“As people shift to the web as their first point of discovery, library resources need to be represented there.” “The Academy Unbound”, LRTS 56(4).
The library community is leaking the collections to the web. Linked open data (LOD) refers to mash-up of library utilities and publication of their files conveyed in a resource description framework( RDF) as URLs. So we come to the eclipse of MARC citation and closed utility databases. LOD will take on a life of its own.
Turns out that one deficiency of library cataloging was lack of whole text. This was also its strength as bionic librarians acted as discovery channels cascading the citations alone. An iota here is that I read about it in the paper edition 56(4).