Historian Robert Darnton has served as the Director of Libraries at Harvard University since 2007. During his tenure, he has been a strong proponent of libraries and has bridged the seemingly incompatible gap between the physical and the digital book. He has also been in the press recently for his advocacy of a national digital library, taking Google to task for its usurping of public domain and orphan works for commercial gain.
In last month’s Chronicle of Higher Education, Darton decodes the following five myths about the information age:
1. The book is dead.
2. We have entered the information age
3. All information is now available online
4. Libraries are obsolete
5. The future is digital