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The famous library at Alexandria wasn't burned down with fire ... - Morgan Dawn Livejournal:The Here And Now
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The famous library at Alexandria wasn't burned down with fire ...
The famous library at Alexandria wasn't burned down with fire — it was destroyed by government mistreatment and neglect. Will today's great digital libraries like the Internet Archive suffer the same fate?

What made the Museum and its daughter branch great were its scholars. And when the Emperor abolished their stipends, and forbade foreign scholars from coming to the library, he effectively shut down operations. Those scrolls and books were nothing without people to care for them, study them, and share what they learned far and wide.

Interesting article about the WayBack Machine (the Internet Archive) and their desire for open source knowledge to be freely given and freely used and accessed. They did experience a fire last week and if you'd like to help them replace the lost equipment you can donate here.
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