The Libraries have begun to digitize archival collections of interest to students, faculty, alumni, and others in order to best support the curriculum and to make Colgate history more broadly accessible. No longer is such material available only in the rarified confines of the Libraries Special Collection and University Archives reading room.
Information has never been stable. That may be a truism, but it bears pondering. It could serve as a corrective to the belief that the speedup in technological change has catapulted us into a new age, in which information has spun completely out of control. I would argue that the new information technology should force us to rethink the notion of information itself. It should not be understood as if it took the form of hard facts or nuggets of reality ready to be quarried out of newspapers, archives, and libraries, but rather as messages that are constantly being reshaped in the process of transmission. Instead of firmly fixed documents, we must deal with multiple, mutable texts.
From Darnton, Robert. (June 12, 2008) "The Library in the New Age," The New York Review of Books. Retrieved from http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2008/jun/12/the-library-in-the-new-age/?page=2, September 19, 2011
Joanne A. Schneider
University Librarian and Professor in the University Libraries