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Re: [ARSCLIST] Libraries
Steve, thanks for the WSJ article on libraries. I know I've bought many discarded books for a dime at the Michigan State University Library that I coudn't believe they were getting rid of, and books that would be a lot harder to get one's hands on than anything by Hemingway, the Brontes, etc.
Though I guess I'm glad that they put them someplace where I could buy them for a dime instead of shipping them off to the local rare book dealer, it still seemed to me to be a pretty culturally irresponsible for the keepers of the 'collective memory' to do. But then again, as the WSJ article points out, most people could care less. How many Americans these days even care about things like history, especially accurate, fact-based history (instead of 'docu-drama ready' history? (I'm aware that it is unlikely that many people on this list share that predeliction).
Anyway, to get the topic back on topic:
Anyone know anything about this place?
I and several of my friends have long wondered what to do with collections that we would prefer not to have broken up when we're no longer around to enjoy them, but have a basic distrust of libraries & the like for precisely the reasons given in the WSJ article. Further, many 'academics' (thankfully, not all) prefer their comfort zones of assumption to actually doing research based on genuine historical materials and hence would have no interest in old records, as many of you know.
So my questions are 2:
1. Anyone know anything about ARCmusic.org and their physical facility and practices?
2. What is the best thing to do if one wishes that after their decease the music and audio content of their collections can be made available to the general public, hopefully for free?
I've long fantasized about opening a 'music library,' but have long since given up hope that I would ever be able to finance such a thing myself, even though I think that it could be viable, even on a 'business model' if sufficient capital were available...
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