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Information Policy for the Library of Babel
Maryland Journal of Business and Technology Law (2008)
  • James Grimmelmann, New York Law School
Abstract

The image of Borges's Library of Babel, which contains all possible books, is haunting and suggestive. This essay asks what we would do if we were advising a Federal Library Commission on how to deal with the Library's vast holdings and overwhelming disorganization. This thought exercise provides a set of sensible principles for information policy in an age of extreme informational abundance. (HTML version available at http://james.grimmelmann.net/files/Library.markdown)

Keywords
  • Library of Babel,
  • search engines,
  • Google
Publication Date
2008
Citation Information
James Grimmelmann. "Information Policy for the Library of Babel" Maryland Journal of Business and Technology Law Vol. 3 Iss. 1 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/james_grimmelmann/16/