Document (#28784)

Author
O'Donnell, J.J.
Title
LC21 - hopes and cautions for the Library of Congress
Source
D-Lib magazine. 6(2000) no.10, xx S
Year
2000
Abstract
It is the Library of Congress's fate to be a symbol as well as a library. It shares with the ancient library of Alexandria the curse of standing for an ill-conceived acme of library perfection -- total comprehensiveness. But if Borges's Funes the Memorious discovered that to remember everything will drive a person mad, so a library knows that to collect everything is madness as well. The Library of Congress (LC) has never succumbed to that madness. Instead, its inspired leaders for two centuries have built a working collection that dwarfs all others in size but remains selective, rich, and accessible. That is no small achievement.
Footnote
Vgl.: http://dlib.ukoln.ac.uk/dlib/october00/odonnell/10odonnell.html.
Object
LoC

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