According to Andrew Stauffer’s “My old sweethearts: On digitization and the future of the print record’, technological advancements have invaded the analog content of libraries by producing scanned prints, offered freely online thus affecting both content and profitability. At a personal level, am hugely concerned with the extensive print collections claiming more space in the shelves yet they are duplicated driving severe pressures for money and convenience.
The author explores this concept by questioning whether the built spaces for historical encounters in libraries whether holds its importance currently. By assessing, a collection of ten copies from the old publication of Whitcomb Riley’s an old sweetheart that even the cover page gives a diversified impression. Actually, the features portrayed indicate that the problem is not only in the shop he picked the books but across all libraries. For example, he states that the first impression after placing the set of books side by side is the binding variance that is notable even in black and white. This reminds me of the countless numbers have come through such scenarios in search for a particular book. Nevertheless, how did we get here? Arguably, someone somewhere tried it for the first time and nothing was done.
Moreover, the author of this article digs deeper to the features inside. He states no particular copy looks like the other. He registers a few examples in the pursuit to convey the differences preserved in multiple copies of a single edition. Surprisingly, in the set of the ten copies under study, seven copies in stanza eighteen possess the term “song” while the rest contain “shout” to mention but a few (Stauffer, 2016). More significance variance is engraved in the illustrations. Precisely, the set books have multiplied variances that might leave the readers understanding a single edition differently. Therefore, by reading this article, materials printed before the twentieth century seems to be in danger. Technology in regards to books has notoriously troubled contexts with copyright issues, image quality, and poor metadata.
Stauffer, A. “My old sweethearts: On digitization and the future of the print record’. University of Minnesota Press. 2016