Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Moving Closer to Where History Is Made

The Tower and the Cloud (EDUCAUSE, 2008, available from: http://www.educause.edu/thetowerandthecloud/133998), examines the impact of information technology (the “cloud”) on higher education (the “tower”).

In a chapter titled “The Tower, the Cloud, and Posterity” (available from: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/PUB7202q.pdf), Richard N. Katz and Paul B. Gandel write:

we must move closer to where history is being made. This is a reintegration, for the librarian and archivist have long been associated with those creating the shared memories. … In an era of superabundance, those who wish to preserve the knowledge must now return to the wellsprings. … The values we share and the standards that we must promote must be instantiated when and where the future historical record is being created and in the culture of those technology providers whose products are reshaping the landscape of shared human memory. The librarian and archivist must not simply be part of this new “cloud” of digital information artifacts. They must take a leadership role in guiding its policies and practices (187).