The Astor Library was opened to the public almost 150 years ago. One reason it was not viewed as a success is expressed in the illustration left.
Most of us, I think, would agree that democratization of information is a good thing. Making books, art, music freely available to more people can only bring about societal enrichment. The New York Public Library has a history of doing just that.
Working with the idea of social collective knowledge, libraries seem to be pushing the boundaries further. Even the Library of Congress is considering the benefits of ... Read More ›