Approximately 22 years ago I had a memorable conversation with a university English professor. One Friday afternoon we were bandying about the idea of faculty status for librarians – back then a hot topic at a particular university.
English Professor: If librarians want to become professors, what do they profess?
Librarian Me: Rather than focus on a particular subject area (such as English literature, political science, or physics), we profess how information is created, found, accessed, used, organized, and archived by humans.
It was playful academic banter, but my memory of the exchange has lingered across the decades.
Then, early on Monday morning, March 7, 2011, I noticed that James Gleick has a new book out: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, published by Pantheon, an imprint of KnopfDoubleday. Read More »