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One of the articles I read last week (can’t remember which) made me wonder what will be left of today’s culture 1,000 years from now.  Will archaeologists dig for fragments of our history in ancient PC hard-drives?  As GUIs and applications evolve ever more quickly, how much personal data will be left behind in defunct, inaccessible formats, like home videos recorded on Beta tapes?  How long will webpages remain in existence after their creators have died?  Will someone find my first web-comic a hundred years from now, a thousand years from now, like graffiti on a wall in Pompeii?  Or will bit-rot bury it forever?  Given a significant electromagnetic pulse to wipe out flash drives and hard-drives, how much of culture will be lost?  Anything not backed up on CD or DVD, I guess…

I was somewhat dissatisfied with my original headliner (The Spoken Word Fades, the Written Word Abides) from the beginning, since librarians work with so many media other than print media.  Of course, you could say music is “written” to a CD, software is “written” to a CD-ROM, etc.  Yet webpages are written, so to speak, but an accurately placed magnetic field will wipe out those written words and code, unless, again, everything is written to CD- or DVD-ROM.  Of course, paper books and the wax tablets of Alexandria cannot withstand fire any better than our hard-drives can withstand an EMP.  I guess what is written in some format or another stands a better chance of lasting longer, but no form of human expression is indestructable.  Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.

In other news, reading about the variety of metadata schema available for encoding surrogate records is not my favorite thing ever.  AACR2, MARC, XML DTDs, EAD, MODS, METS, TEI, CQL…  It’s like trying to divine meaning in a bowl of alphabet soup.  I suspect this means I would not make an enthusiastic cataloger.  Nonetheless, after using all ten trial sessions available, I finally got 100% on my second quiz!  Wooo!

And now for something completely different, I really want this T-shirt:


I got these for Christmas from my cousins–now I just have to find a librarian’s bar to hang out in.  Do we have any of those in Tulsa?  Maybe we should found one…  Perhaps:

“Literary Libations”

“Dewey’s Dive”

“The Bar(code)” or “The Barchives”

Hmm…maybe we could set up next to the Dusty Bookworm…  How ’bout “The Tipsy Bookworm”?

We could serve half-price Cata-Lager during happy hour…

Maybe “Reference Renegades” for the LGBTQ Librarians…

Man, these are terrible…

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