Information Policy for the Library of Babel

Maryland Journal of Business and Technology Law, November 2007

NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07/08-6

19 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2007

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.

Keywords: Library of Babel, search engine, Google

Suggested Citation

Grimmelmann, James, Information Policy for the Library of Babel. Maryland Journal of Business and Technology Law, November 2007; NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07/08-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1012065

James Grimmelmann (Contact Author)

Cornell Law School ( email )

Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
United States

Cornell Tech ( email )

111 8th Avenue #302
New York, NY 10011
United States

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