- "The Long Tail" by Chris Anderson (Wired, Oct. 2004) http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.10/tail.html?pg=1&topic=tail&topic_set= (~5 pages)
- Riding the Long Tail: Libraries Confront the World of Infinite Content Supply and Demand" by John Blossom, http://www.shore.com/commentary/newsanal/items/2005/20050627longtail.html, (~2 pages)
Even if everything is eventually digitized, I can imagine that people will still value the original artifacts. Like Admiral Kirk with his books in the Star Trek movies.
You might think the "Long Tail" articles more appropriate for a digital libraries class, but I included them here as a reminder of how much stuff has been created. They also get at the idea of access; the need to access older materials. Digitization can help us use those materials that are part of the Long Tail, either by digitizing the items themselves or by digitizing finding aidsÃ…even by creating and digitizing catalogue records.
Will we one day have everything digitized and available at any moment? (Like the crew of the starship
accessing anything from any point in time from their computers?) Who knows. For now digitization programs are deciding what materials they should digitize given the amount of money that they have. They know that they cannot afford to digitize everything, so the selection process (future lecture) is very important. Enterprise
Technorati tag: Digitization