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亚洲免费无码中文在线&free欧美高清猪马牛&青青草手机在线免费看It was never about the books; it was always about information. That is the hidden truth of all libraries. When the first Sumerians took up styli and began to engrave cuneiform on clay tablets, the library was born. Granted, it was not as we think of a library today.

Rather, it was a store house for these engraved tablets. Everything from contracts, to religious texts, to governmental inventory lists were engraved on clay tablets. As the centuries wore on, papyrus scrolls replaced tablets, but the need to house and organize these scrolls and the information written on them never wavered. Papyrus was replaced by parchment, parchment was supplemented by wax tablets, and both were eventually replaced by paper. But it was never about the medium; it was always about the information transferred by the medium.

The first libraries were collections of these works. The largest and most famous libraries in antiquity contained all manner of “documents”: tablets, scrolls, wax codices, and, later, parchment folios. Typically, these works would be roughly organized by subject or, perhaps, by language. It was not uncommon to have scrolls piled next to or on top of wax codices in a rough pile for the reader to research. Again, the medium was irrelevant; only the information mattered.

亚洲免费无码中文在线&free欧美高清猪马牛&青青草手机在线免费看The purpose of the 21st Century library is fundamentally unchanged from that of the 1st century library- libraries are a nexus, an information connection that links scholars and students, experts and novices, professionals and amateurs. And this has continued into the digital age. In fact, the primary difference between the libraries of the past and the libraries of today is the scope of the information that is available. Library users are no longer limited to what physically exists within the walls of the library. The internet and its digital resources have exponentially expanded the volume of information that is available to the user. This near infinite volume of information has not rendered the library obsolete, quite the opposite in fact. The endless river of information that surrounds us today threatens to flood us. Libraries serve, as they have always served, as reservoirs for information. We do not house information; we channel it to users. We guide information toward the user to slake their thirst. We create an environment where information is meant to be exchanged not just between a reader and a text, but between the readers themselves.

The library at San Joaquin College of Law is just that kind of environment. For fifty years, this library has been one of the primary sources of legal information in Fresno County. We have and will continue to serve the legal information needs of our student body, our faculty, and area practitioners. Just, please, refrain from saying that we are just “about the books.” 

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