Article: The E-Memory Revolution

Gordon Bell and I published an article in the Library Journal 9/15/2009

The rise of digital records of daily life means unmatched access to our pasts, presenting both challenge and opportunity to libraries

When Stanford University obtained the Buckminster Fuller archive, it heralded it as “one of the most extensive known personal archives in existence.” Taking up 2000 linear feet of shelf space, including hundreds of thousands of pages and over 4000 hours of audio/video, Fuller’s collection does indeed sound impressive. But Fuller, considered an eccentric for leaving behind such an enormous corpus, will be put to shame by the vast repository of electronic memories (e-memories) created by the average Joe of the next generation. And these e-memory archives will take up a lot less shelf space.


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