Search engines, Google, Information policy, Library of Babel
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.
Grimmelmann, James, "Information Policy for the Library of Babel," 3 Journal of Business & Technology 29 (2008)