Should libraries run search engines? It seems that the original point of a library was to organize human knowledge and culture for the public benefit. The benefit has been great, but libraries aren't the main tool for finding information now. Search engines are. The notion that a library needs to be for books only is an arbitrary limitation. This oversight allowed corporations to move into that traditionally non-profit role, and I'm not convinced they've done a particularly good job.

Shout outs to the Internet Archive, the closest thing I can think of to truly bringing the library into the modern era.

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@distractedmosfet Assuming that Big Publishing and the Copyright Cartel doesn't kill them first...

Read my pinned toot about it.

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