Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Library Culture vs. Information-Retrieval Culture

A co-worker (thanks Susan!) sent me this and I felt it interesting enough to post. It pretty much sums up the current state of affairs in an easy to read chart format. It was found over at Snarkmarket and is attributed to an apparently unpublished lecture by Terry Winograd as quoted here by Heidegger scholar, Hubert Dreyfus. Says Dreyfus:
"It is clear from these opposed lists that more has changed than the move from control of objects to flexibility of storage and access. What is being stored and accessed is no longer a fixed body of objects with fixed identities and contents. Moreover, the user seeking the information is not a subject who desires a more complete and reliable model of the world, but a protean being ready to be opened up to ever new horizons. In short, the postmodern human being is not interested in collecting but is constituted by connecting."

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