Ptolemy III had a standing order that visitors coming to Alexandria would surrender written works so that copies could be made for the Library. With subsequent fires, permanence was not granted to those collections. But, potential readership at least doubled.
Google has a standing order to accumulate books from wherever they might obtain them so copies can be made for that digital library. It is unclear what would lead to impermanence of those collections. Potential readership is unlimited.
- Kings and Dominant Corporations.
- Mobile Ships as vessels of information and Libraries with Interlibrary Loan.
- Sanskrit and Hexidecimal.
- Ideas and Ideas.
Filed under: Aquisitions, Circulation, Collection development, Ethics, History of Libraries, Intellectual freedom, Library Profession, Public Services, Research, Technology, Terminology, Web librarianship | Tagged: Gutenberg | 1 Comment »