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Physical Proximity Counts for Less

In the academic world familiar to us, scholars congregate according to place. There are many institutions with their campuses, and on those campuses, students and faculty members gather according to shared interests in schools and departments that join intellectual proximity with physical proximity. This linkage of scholarly topic with spatial location carries over to the academic apparatus with laboratories, reading rooms, and departmental offices grouped together. The library catalogues its holdings with careful attention to subject classification in order to keep materials on a particular topic close together. Books could be shelved with far less processing according to the order of their acquisition, but that would greatly increase the amount of energy and time readers would expend in pursuing their interests within the collection as a whole.

If physical proximity becomes less important in organizing intellectual work, what principle becomes more important?

Intellectual Organization Counts for More

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