Non-digitized resources in danger of disappearing from cultural memory

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Non-digitized resources in danger of disappearing from cultural memory

Mar 12 2007

The New York Times reports that as electronic resources increasingly become the main tool for gathering information by both amateur researches and serious scholars (sometimes the only tool), items left behind in non-digital form are in danger of disappearing from the collective cultural memory.

"There's an illusion being created that all the world's knowledge is on the Web, but we haven't begun to glimpse what is out there in local archives and libraries," said Edward L. Ayers, a historian and dean of the college and graduate school of arts and sciences at the University of Virginia. "Material that is not digitized risks being neglected as it would not have been in the past, virtually lost to the great majority of potential users."

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