[Ads-l] News Article: Cold Book Storage at Harvard

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Mon Feb 9 18:47:31 UTC 2015


On 2/9/15 12:00 AM, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> Date:    Sun, 8 Feb 2015 19:01:33 -0500
> From:    "Joel S. Berson"<Berson at ATT.NET>
> Subject: Re: News Article: Cold Book Storage at Harvard
>
> I haven't viewed the "interactive documentary", but I have a couple
> of comments about the article:
>
> The problem of finding the shortest path through a series of points
> (shelves) is, IIRC, indeterminate -- that is, there is no algorithm
> that can find the*shortest*  path.  It can only find a good path.
>
> Scanned PDFs are available from the Depository only for faculty,
> staff, and students.  We poor alumni and alumnae "only" get the
> actual book, which we can feel, smell, etc.
>
> Although such hard copies also arrive at Widener within two days.
Having abused a friend's alumni privilege, I can tell you that while you 
get only the book, there is in fact a scanning station right there at 
Widener.

---Amy West

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