Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Don't Say it With Flowers...

This is how libraries die, not by fire or flood, but by neglect. Long slow deaths.
The ancient world's greatest library didn't die in battle — it died from thousands of little cuts, over centuries, that reduced this great institution of knowledge to a shadow of its former self.
What made the Museum and its daughter branch great were its scholars. And when the Emperor abolished their stipends, and forbade foreign scholars from coming to the library, he effectively shut down operations. Those scrolls and books were nothing without people to care for them, study them, and share what they learned far and wide. (Source)
Even then, the scholars, the staff, in a way, made the library as much as collections did.

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