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Libri

International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies

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Double Fold or Double Take? Book Memory and the Administration of Knowledge

Tara Brabazon
  • School of Media, Communication and Culture, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia
Published Online: 2007-12-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LIBR.2002.28

The year 2001 will be known for many destructive and highly visible public tragedies. However within the librarian discourse, it will be remembered for the controversies encircling the publication of Nicholson Baker's Double Fold. This article assesses the rationale, direction and scope of this book and resultant debate, showing what it reveals about libraries, librarians and the distinctions between information and knowledge. Yet the article also suggests that Baker did not extend his case for preservation far enough: to the realm of popular memory, popular culture and digital ephemera. Without attention to these matters, libraries will remain neglected cemeteries: the passionless cranium of the culture.

Dr Tara Brabazon is Senior Lecturer, School of Media, Communication and Culture, Murdoch University, South Street, Murdoch, Western Australia 6150. Australia. Web site: http://brabazon.net/ E-mail:


Received: 2001-10-16

Accepted: 2002-01-08

Published Online: 2007-12-04

Published in Print: 2002-03-01


Citation Information: Libri. Volume 52, Issue 1, Pages 28–35, ISSN (Print) 0024-2667, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LIBR.2002.28, December 2007

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