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The great newspaper caper: Backlash in the digital age

Cox, RJ (2000) The great newspaper caper: Backlash in the digital age. First Monday, 5 (12). ISSN 1396-0466

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Novelist and literary essayist Nicholson Baker once again has caused a stir in the library world, this time attacking the sale and/or destruction of original newspapers once they have been microfilmed. Ably and eloquently arguing his case, Baker is still wrong while succeeding in raising public awareness about the care of basic documentary sources and in forcing librarians and archivists alike to re-think basic assumptions and practices. My essay responds to what I discern as Baker's four main points - a lie foisted upon the public about the care of the newspapers, the insidious destruction of original newspapers, the resultant loss of trust by the public in libraries and archives, and a set of wrong priorities leading to the misguided microfilming and destruction of the newspapers. My essay also suggests that we should expect more such public debates as the developing Digital Age brings more intense concerns for original books, archives, and other documents. Copyright ©2000, First Monday.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cox, RJrjcox@pitt.eduRJCOX
Date: 1 January 2000
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: First Monday
Volume: 5
Number: 12
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5210/fm.v5i12.822
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1396-0466
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2009 16:51
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 16:55


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