Advancing Civilization without Advanced Technology?

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Advancing Civilization without Advanced Technology?

By: grabitsdm | Information Technology | July 8, 2009
At the Minnesota Digital Library conference on June 8, 2009, we were reminded that the past is part of the future and preserving the past advances civilization. These are very good admonitions to remember about the usefulness of our work. Since MDL seeks to utilize advanced technology to preserve history, a "devil's advocate" question occured to me:

To advance civilization must we use advanced technology? Is digitization the only way to make history accessible now? Is there still a use for analog media such as paper or microfilm? What are local historical organizations experiencing in terms of consumer demand for local history content?